Media attention to information released in the Institute of Medicine's 2000 publication, "To Err is Human: Building a Safer Health System," where it was reported that an estimated 44,000 to 98,000 people die each year from preventable medical errors -- is widespread. This report has caused the Institute of Medicine and other such preeminent institutions as the Joint Commission on the Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO) and the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), to focus their attention on this medical healthcare crisis.
Dan Sandel, founder and CEO of Chatsworth-based Sandel Medical Industries LLC recently announced a $1 million exclusive sponsorship of the Association of periOperative Registered Nurses' (AORN) Patient Safety First program. AORN's Patient Safety First Program was developed to address the current healthcare crisis and determine strategies and initiatives that will place AORN in the forefront of patient safety issues in the perioperative setting.
Sandel Medical Industries (SMI) manufactures medical products that focus on the critical needs facing the healthcare industry - safety, the nursing shortage and working conditions. Sandel Medical's mission is to identify problems relating to the patient safety crisis and safety in the work environment. Sandel Medical Industries is dedicated to supporting nurses as they make changes in their work environments by generating ideas about products or issues.
Dan Sandel said: "It is SMI's intention to utilize the insight and experiences of nurses and related medical professionals to identify issues and provide solutions in the form of innovative products and/or services. To spearhead this effort, Sandel Medical Industries has recruited perioperative nurse experts who are nationally recognized in the industry. They are: Joanne Hartman RN, BS, CNOR, Pat Hercules RN, MS, Jeannie Botsford RN, MS, CNOR and Brenda Gregory Dawes RN, MSN, CNOR.
Dan Sandel's history of support for AORN and the recognition of AORN by NBC's January 2002 Dateline television show, as "the organization that wrote the book on nursing safety in the OR" and "the widely recognized authority for safe operating room practices" strengthen the commitment to address the healthcare crisis.
Sandel was founder and owner of Devon Industries, Inc. now owned by a major manufacturer. He holds 18 patents and is responsible for the introduction of more than 600 new products that are used in surgery and other departments within the hospital.