World Patient Safety Day, 17 September 2019

17 September 2019

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The first-ever World Patient Safety Day, on 17 September 2019, will be marked with events around the world to raise awareness on patient safety as a global health priority. The campaign, launched by the World Health Organization (WHO), aims to create awareness of patient safety and encourage people to show their commitment to making healthcare safer. The day, which is promoted by the slogan of ‘speak up for patient safety’, brings stakeholders together in an effort to reduce the unintended harm caused in health care.

Thousands of patients around the world suffer avoidable harm or are put at risk of injury while receiving health care every day, often as a result of problems in practice, products, procedures or systems. In high-income countries, it is estimated that one-in-ten patients is harmed while receiving hospital care.

Patient safety is vital to delivering quality health care. This implies effort across the health system, such as a  safe infrastructure, the safe use of technologies and medical devices, the correct administration and use of quality medicines, well-informed patients, a skilled and committed workforce and an enabling environment are all needed to improve patients’ safety and the quality of health care.

Source: WHO, 17 September 2019