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We are a global network of leaders from academia, industry, government, NGOs, philanthropy, and faith-based organizations who are collaborating on best practices in leadership of innovation. Spawned to meet the global needs of innovators in healthcare and patient safety, our work has expanded to multiple sectors with a focus on mentorship and development of great leaders. There is no specific commercial purpose of this website and no required financial relationship between the collaborators. The information available through this website is entirely free.
Global Patient Safety Forum

The GPSF is a convening alliance with a mission to save lives, save money, and build value in the community it serves.  The Forum was expressly founded to make available important content that the collaborators want to share more broadly. This website is not intended to compete with any other initiative and will meet its objectives if collaborators and those interested in the topics share the information with their communities. There is no financial requirement of users of the site.

High Performance Care Programs:

Med Tac Certificate Course: The Medical Tactical Certification courses delivered through CareUniversity is partnered with lower and higher education institutions. Targeting the most common causes of death of otherwise healthy children and adults through both online and on-site training, it equips bystanders and non-clinical people with what they need to save lives. The educators issue certificates.

High Impact Health Hazards: The program targets conditions that can be addressed in the first 10 minutes after an injury or harm:
  • Sudden Cardiac Arrest,
  • Choking and Drowning,
  • Opioid Overdoses
  • Life Threatening Allergies
  • Major Trauma Events
  • Non-traffic Vehicular Accidents
  • Common Accidents
  • Bullying
Lifeline Behaviors: The programs train learners to become competent in lifesaving behaviors and skills including:
  • CPR, AED use, and 911 Call Communications
  • Heimlich Maneuver and Airway Clearing
  • Use of Narcan and Opioid Reversal Agents
  • Wound Packing, Pressure Bandage, and Tourniquet Use
  • Preventing Falls and Gravity Accidents
  • Preventing Drive Over Accidents
  • Bystander Care of Injured Victims and Scene Safety

High Performance Imaging Programs:

Overuse and misuse of imaging studies is a global problem that leads to excessive radiation exposure and incidental findings that generate healthcare harm and cost. Underuse of studies due to the fear of radiation exposure can lead to missed and delayed diagnoses. There are 240 million CT scans undertaken worldwide and 80 million in the USA. Ten percent are done on children, and technically at least half of these are "imaging accidents" where better quality could be delivered and or less radiation can be used.

See "The 5 Rights of Imaging" article that establishes the evidence base for the opportunity for impact.

The GPSF will be involved in multi-institutional, multi-country initiatives to identify the opportunities for performance improvement in imaging, starting with computerized tomography (CT).

The initiatives will be directed by TMIT, the co-founder of GPSF, and will generate concepts, tools, and resources, such as peer-reviewed publications, that will address performance gaps and solutions around the full loop of imaging processes – from patient assessment through ordering of studies, execution of studies, and the ultimate reporting of studies that are used in the care of patients.

See World Health Organization (WHO) presentation Radiation Risk in Pediatric Imaging by Dr. Denham.

Stephen J. Swensen, MD, MMM, FACR
Former Medical Director for Leadership & Org. Development
Former Director for Quality & Associate Dean for Value
Senior Fellow, Institute for Healthcare Improvement
Professor, Mayo Clinic College of Medicine
Rochester, MN, USA

Dr. Swensen is the former Medical Director for Leadership and Organization Development. He has served as the Director for Quality and Associate Dean for Value.

Charles R. Denham, MD
Chairman, TMIT
Austin, TX, USA

Dr. Denham is an international leader in patient safety and high-performance care solutions. He has taught and led research in medicine, engineering, and business leadership.

J. Michael Henderson, MD
Chief Medical Officer
University of Mississippi Medical Center
Jackson, MS

Dr. Henderson is Chief Medical Officer at the University of Mississippi Medical Center and the former Chief Quality Officer at the Cleveland Clinic. His interest in quality was initially triggered in the surgical arena, implementing standardized approaches to preoperative processes, and becoming a champion...

Edward Kelley, PhD
Coordinator and Head of Strategic Programmes, Patient Safety
World Health Organization
Geneva, Switzerland

Edward Kelley, PhD, currently serves as Coordinator and Head of Strategic Programmes for WHO Patient Safety. His responsibilities include the development of new programmes and partnerships...