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World Patient Safety Day will be celebrated for the first time on 17 September 2019. Events will be held around the world to raise awareness of the need to establish patient safety as a global health priority. The day brings stakeholders together in an effort to reduce the unintended harm caused by healthcare.

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World Patient Safety Day 2019 | 17 September | PATIENT SAFETY: A GLOBAL HEALTH PRIORITY

The objective of the very first World Patient Safety Day is to raise global awareness about patient safety with the theme ‘Patient Safety: a global health priority’. Openness and ‘blame-free’ environments are the minimum conditions for enacting 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!"

"No one should be harmed in healthcare." 

And yet...

  • 2.6 million people die every year due to harmful events in health care situations
  • 15% of hospital costs can be attributed to treatment resulting from patient safety errors in Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Develompemnt - OECD countries
  • 1 in 10 patients are harmed while receiving hospital care in high-income countries
  • As many as 1 out of every 4 hospitalizations result in patient harm each year in low- and middle-income countries.
  • As many as 4 out of 10 patients are harmed in the primary and outpatient health care settings
  • Up to 80% of harm in primary and outpatient settings can be avoided. Estimates show that as many as 20%-25% of the general population experience avoidable harm.

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#PatientSafety | #HealthForAll

How can you enhance patient safety?

If you are a patient or caregiver:

  • Be actively involved in your own care
  • It is good to ask questions; safe health care starts with good communication
  • Be sure to provide accurate information about your health history

If you are a health worker or health care leader:

  • Engage patients as partners in their care
  • Work together for patient safety
  • Ensure continuous professional development to improve your skills and knowledge in patient safety
  • Create an open and transparent safety culture in health care settings
  • Encourage blame-free reporting of and learning from errors

If you are a policy maker:

  • Investing in patient safety results in financial savings
  • Invest in patient safety to save lives and build trust
  • Make patient safety a national health priority

If you are a policy maker:

  • Investing in patient safety results in financial savings
  • Invest in patient safety to save lives and build trust
  • Make patient safety a national health priority
  • If you are a researcher student academic or professional institution:
  • Generate evidence to improve patient safety, your research matters
  • Encourage research in patient safety
  • Incorporate patient safety in educational curricula and courses

If you are a professional association, international organization or foundation:

  • Promote patient safety for achieving universal health coverage
  • Provide learning and development opportunities for patient safety

If you are a public health advocate or from a patient organization:

  • Promote patients’ voices in their own safe care

Advocay material

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Facebook and Twitter: World Patient Safety Day 2019. No one should be harmed in healthcare

Facebook y Twitter: Día Mundial de la Seguridad del Paciente. Nadie debiera sufrir daños en la atención de salud

Instagram: World Patient Safety Day 2019. No one should be harmed in healthcare

Instagram: Día Mundial de la Seguridad del Paciente. Nadie debiera sufrir daños en la atención de salud

Share: #PatientSafety  —  #HealthForAll

Additional Resources

WHO Webpage—World Patient Safety Day 2019

Slawomirski L, Auraaen A, Klazinga N. The Economics of Patient Safety in Primary and Ambulatory Care: Flying blind. Paris: OECD; 2018 (http://www.oecd.org/health/health-systems/The-Economics-of-Patient-Safety-in-Primary-and-Ambulatory-Care-April2018.pdf, accessed 29 August 2019).

Strategy and Plan of Action to Improve Quality of Care in Health Service Delivery 2020-2025 (CD57/12)