World Patient Safety Day adopted by 72nd World Health Assembly
We at IAPO are extremely delighted that on Friday 24th May 2019 the World Health Organization( WHO) Member States from all 194 countries endorsed the establishment of a World Patient Safety Day to be marked annually on 17 September and officially including it on WHO list of health dates.
This is very exciting news as our main message at the 72nd World Health Assembly was "Patient safety must be put first in pursuit of Universal Health Coverage as this will reassure communities to trust their health care systems to keep them & their families safe".
The World Patient Safety Day (WPSD) is a campaign for all stakeholders in the health care system to work together to improve patient safety. Its a recognition of the scale of avoidable harm linked with unsafe medication practices and medication errors. It’s a global commitment made by all WHO member states to recognize patient safety as a key health priority and agreeing to take action to reduce patient harm in health care settings.
It is all about getting global healthcare actors involved in:
- Scaling up global action on patient safety
- Putting measures in place to reduce avoidable patient harm
- Sharing awareness in patient safety in care settings
- Raising awareness amongst the public and media on key issues relating to patient safety
- Experimenting new ideas to improve patient safety
- Helping patients to contribute to their own safety
The Assembly has requested the WHO to formulate a global patient safety action plan in consultation with countries and all relevant stakeholders, to improve and ensure patient safety globally and we at IAPO will be working in collaboration with them to ensure that this is achieved.
Why WHO wants to establish a World Patient Safety Day
Objectives of World Patient Safety Day
- Raise awareness of patient safety issues globally
- Enhance global understanding on the central role of patient safety in achieving Universal Health Coverage and Sustainable Development Goals
- Encourage development of systems and procedures for the elimination of all avoidable health care related harm to patients, and management of risks in health care
- Encourage Member States to commit to and support the implementation of strategies for ensuring patient safety, managing risks and fostering supportive, learning cultures
- Strengthen collaboration and partnerships at global, regional, national and local levels for implementing patient safety strategies and for improving safety of health care
- Highlight specific patient safety themes such as Medication Safety, Education and Training in Patient Safety, Reporting and learning systems, Patient Engagement
- The general public, patients, families and communities
- Ministries of Health/health authorities
- Health system leaders and health professionals
- Hospitals and health care administrators
- Primary care centers
- Professional organizations
- Patient-focused organizations and other related organizations
- Increased public understanding of the need for measures to ensure patient safety.
- Increased awareness and knowledge among health professionals on the essential need for strategies for patient safety and strengthening safety of health care.
- Recognition of the role of patients and families in patient safety and strengthening of patient and family engagement in this critical issue.
- Achievement of political commitment and support in countries as demonstrated by implementation of strategies for ensuring patient safety and improved management of risks in health service delivery.
- Long term collaboration and coordination of efforts at all levels of heath care, in all types of settings to improve patient safety and eventually eliminate all avoidable patient harm, and significantly reduce the risk of harm.
IAPO Next Steps
- We are waiting on the WHO to produce a theme and communication campaign plan for the WPSD 2019.
- We will share this with members.
- We will develop our own plan for 17 September 2019
- On 17th September 2019 we will mark the 1st ever WPSD with our members and society
We therefore invite you to join us in marking the first ever World Patient Safety Day on 17th September 2019 as we all believe that no one should be harmed while seeking care.