World Patient Safety Day
17 September 2019
For the very first time, on 17 September 2019, World Patient Safety Day will be marked with events around the world to raise awareness on patient safety as a global health priority. The day brings stakeholders together in an effort to reduce the unintended harm caused in health care.
No one should be harmed in health care. And yet, thousands of patients around the world suffer avoidable harm or are put at risk of injury while receiving health care every single day – as a result of problems in practice, products, procedures or systems. In high-income countries, it is estimated that 1 in 10 patients is harmed while receiving hospital care.
Openness and blame-free environments are the minimum conditions for putting in place a safety culture. Hence, to promote open communication for learning from errors and to emphasize the importance of patient safety, the slogan for World Patient Safety Day 2019 is “Speak up for patient safety!”.
Patient safety is vital to delivering quality health care and advancing universal health coverage. This implies effort across the health system – 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.