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Zero Harm: Impossible or "I'm Possible"?

When he woke, he was active and then became increasingly distressed. He thrashed violently in his bed followed by becoming completely unresponsive. I checked for a pulse and found none. I immediately called a code and began chest compressions.

That is the situation Ashley Van Der Zee found herself in as she finished one of her very first shifts as a new nurse. She had only recently graduated from Washington State University College of Nursing.

Ashley’s efforts continued for 30 minutes and ultimately saved the patient. Her story exemplifies how simulation-based training can prepare someone to turn the seemingly impossible into an “I’m possible.”

March 11-17, 2018, marks Patient Safety Awareness Week, a week when we rededicate ourselves to the goal of zero preventable patient harm. We want to thank Ashley, her instructors, and everyone in patient simulation who is working toward achieving that goal. Each of you are contributing to a patient safety culture based on “I’m possible.”

What’s your “I’m possible” story? After you’ve read Ashley’s, we hope that you’ll share yours.

Zero: The "I'm Possible" Goal

Medical errors take the lives of 250,000 patients annually in the U.S., according to researchers at Johns Hopkins. In response, the patient safety community has committed itself to a goal of zero preventable harm by the year 2020. Without stories like Carlos and Joshua's, it might be easy to conclude that zero preventable harm is idealistic.  But, it’s not.  It’s a real, tangible and attainable goal. We believe that simulation is a means to getting there.

Tell us your “I’m possible” story

Laerdal's Commitment

Earlier this year, our CEO, Tore Laerdal, declared Laerdal's commitment to achieving zero preventable harm.  Hear what he had to say.