Welcome to The Center for Patient Protection

The Center for Patient Protection is the experience-driven voice of patients and families everywhere seeking to be engaged in safer care, delivered with compassion and respect.

Our unique and independent platform, recognized world-wide, focuses on enhancing the quality of patient and family engagement, producing safer and more positive healthcare outcomes and healing those who have been harmed by the trauma of medical errors.

One of the most crucial, yet under-asked, questions by healthcare providers is, “What do patients and families want?”  We know the answer because they tell us every day. And what they say is indispensable to the interests of healing healthcare professionals as well as to safer patients and families themselves.

Hospital Harm by the Numbers

40000
Number of incidents of harm in U.S. hospitals every day.
140000
Number of patients harmed in Canadian hospitals every year.
12
Canada's safety ranking for post surgery objects among 12 OECD countries. (Higher number is worse)
553
Number of foreign objects left in patients after surgery for past 2 years in Canada.
28000
Number of patient deaths in Canada every year because of medical errors in hospitals. (Some estimates, such as UHN's, are higher)
1000000000
One Billion dollars: The estimated annual cost of hospital errors just in Ontario.

That’s equivalent to a 1,117-bed hospital operating at 100% capacity every day for a year.

Did you know?

Medical errors are the third leading cause of death in Canada and the United States.

30,000 hospitalized patients lose their lives to medical errors in Canada every year. That’s the equivalent of a fully loaded jumbo jet crashing and killing everyone on board each week. 

The risk of avoidable death in a U.S. hospital with a D or F patient safety grade is 92 percent higher than it is in hospitals with than an A grade.

Canada has no similar hospital rating tool to allow patients and families to make informed decisions about the safety of their healthcare provider. 

Canada does, however, have a system where taxpayer dollars are used to fund a legal defense scheme for doctors who harm patients. The U.S. has no such system and, unlike hospital safety scores for Canada, there is no demand that such a scheme be created in the U.S.

It is predicted that 12 million Canadians in hospital and home-care settings will be harmed by the healthcare system over the next 30 years, costing the health-care system an additional $2.75 billion per year. Another 1.2 million people will lose their lives. 

Snapshots of Harm

What do patients & families want?

Healing Virtues

Outreach Clinic