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With the endorsement of World Health Assembly to establish World Patient Safety Day on 17 September annually on May 2019, the very first World Patient Safety is being celebrated this year.

The objective of this day is to increase public awareness and enhance global understanding along with solidarity and action about patient safety.

The theme of very first World Patient Safety Day is “Patient Safety: a global health priority" and the slogan is “Speak up for Patient Safety.”

According to World Health Organization (WHO) patient safety is the absence of preventable harm to a patient during process of health care and reduction of risk of unnecessary harm associated with health care to an acceptable minimum.

Proper policies, skilled health care professionals and active involvement of patients in their care are essential to ensure patient safety in health care.

Facts:

It has been the moto of the healthcare profession/ professionals to safeguard the patients from adverse events but still: 

  • The unsafe care in the hospitals contributes to 2.6 million deaths per year w.r.t.  in low and middle income countries.
  • 4 out of 10 patients are harmed in the primary and ambulatory settings.

The Message from WHO:

“Today is World Patient Safety Day. No one should be harmed in health care and yet, every day, thousands of patients suffer avoidable harm while receiving care.

If you or a loved one are a patient, be actively involved in your own care. Provide accurate information about your medical history and be sure to communicate openly with your health care team. Ask questions to be aware about your health condition and treatment. Speak up for the safety of your care! Speak up for patient safety.

If you are a doctor, nurse, pharmacist or health worker, engage patients as partners in their care. Work with the patient to create an open and transparent patient safety culture. Encourage blame-free reporting and learning from errors. Speak up for patient safety!

If you are a health care leader, policy maker, parliamentarian or politician. Invest in patient safety and make it a national health priority. Make patient safety your priority. Speak up for patient safety.”

National Patient Safety Implementation Framework (NPSIF)

Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Government of India has taken an initiative for patient safety by introducing National Patient Safety Implementation Framework (2018-2025) (NPSIF) which positions patient safety as fundamental element of healthcare. NPSIF is intended to be adopted by both, public and private, sectors to address the various issues arising while providing qualitative healthcare services.

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References:

https://www.who.int/campaigns/world-patient-safety-day/2019

https://www.who.int/patientsafety/en/