ABSTRACT

Medicine arose out of the primal sympathy of man with man; out of the desire to help those in sorrow, need, and sickness.

—William Osler

“Despite some successes, I think it’s safe to say the patient-safety movement also has been a great failure,” said Lucian Leape, the father of the patient-safety movement. “No one to my knowledge has implemented all 34 protocols from the National Quality Forum,” he told thousands of nurse executives who gathered to hear him deliver one of the big-tent speeches at the 43rd Annual Meeting of the American Organization of Nurse Executives, which attracted 2,200 healthcare professionals to the Indianapolis Convention Center April 9-13, 2010 [1].