Helen Haskell

Manchester Central
9 - 10 July 2018


 Helen Haskell

Helen Haskell

, , Mothers Against Medical Error , President

Helen Haskell, is president of the nonprofit patient organisations Mothers Against Medical Error and Consumers Advancing Patient Safety.

Since the death by medical error of her young son Lewis in 2000, Helen has devoted herself to health care safety and quality advocacy in a variety of fields including patient engagement, diagnostic error reduction, response to adverse events, and infection prevention, among others. She serves on boards and committees for several national and international organisations, including the boards of directors of the Institute for Healthcare Improvement, the National Patient Safety Foundation, the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education, and the International Society for Rapid Response Systems.

She is author and co-author of numerous articles and patient educational materials on patient safety and quality, including a recent co-edited textbook on patient narrative and inter-professional competencies. Her son's story has been featured in educational programs and videos including Transparent Health's Lewis Blackman Story, shown in hospitals and medical and nursing schools across the country. Helen holds a bachelor's degree in classical studies from Duke University and a master's degree in anthropology from Rice University.

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