Patient safety

Global campaign: Medication Without Harm

Medication Without Harm campaign was launched in Brisbane on 10 October 2017. The call for action of the global campaign is “KNOW. CHECK. ASK.” Everyone, including patients and health care professionals, has a role to play in ensuring medication safety. Campaign materials are available to download in all WHO official languages.

Western Pacific Regional Launch of the Global Patient Safety Challenge Medication Without Harm

The Western Pacific regional launch of the Global Patient Safety Challenge Medication Without Harm was held in Brisbane, Australia on 10 October 2017, coinciding with the session of the Regional Committee for the Western Pacific. The event was facilitated by the Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care in conjunction with the Australian Government Department of Health, and WHO Regional Office for the Western Pacific. During the event, the participants signed pledges, in their individual capacity, as the first step in expressing their commitment to the Challenge.

Eastern-Mediterranean Regional Launch of the Global Patient Safety Challenge Medication Without Harm

The first regional launch of the Global Patient Safety Challenge Medication Without Harm took place in Muscat, Oman on 17-18 September 2017. The event was instrumental in highlighting the importance of medication safety and having each of the countries in the Eastern Mediterranean region sign a pledge as an expression of their commitment to address the serious burden of patient harm due to medication errors and unsafe medication practices, and to implement the Challenge.

WHO interregional technical consultation on Safe Childbirth Checklist

28-30 August 2017 -- This technical consultation held in Colombo, Sri Lanka, provided a platform for sharing the learning from implementation of the WHO Safe Childbirth Checklist in different setting around the world. Representatives from the implementing sites, Ministries of Health, and international organizations took part in the consultation, presented their experiences, and assessed the approach for scaling up improvement strategies for safer maternal and neonatal care around the time of childbirth.

WHO Patient Safety: Making health care safer

Announcing the release of WHO’s brochure: Patient Safety: Making health care safer. This advocacy material illustrates the importance of safe care for everyone, what the burden and impact of unsafe care is, and WHO’s approach to tackling the issue of unsafe care. The brochure also contains a comprehensive collation of key WHO materials and activities in to generate improvements at the front line.

Medication Without Harm

The WHO's Global Patient Safety Challenge: Medication Without Harm brochure has been released, outlining the vision and strategic direction of this global initiative aiming to reduce the level of severe, avoidable harm related to medications by 50% over the next five years, globally. It provides an overview of the key components of the Challenge including the local, national and global action to be taken.

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Magnitude

1 in 10As many as 1 in 10 patients are harmed whilst receiving health care

Evidence of unsafe care

Incidence

43 millionApproximately 43 million patient safety incidences occur every year

The global burden of unsafe medical care

Medications

$42 billion Medication errors cost an estimated 42 billion USD annually

Medication Without Harm: WHO's Third Global Patient Safety Challenge

Patient Safety

Patient safety is a fundamental principle of health care. Every point in the process of care-giving contains a certain degree of inherent unsafety. A number of countries have published studies showing that significant numbers of patients are harmed during health care, either resulting in permanent injury, increased length of stay in health care facilities, or even death.

Clear policies, organizational leadership capacity, data to drive safety improvements, skilled health care professionals and effective involvement of patients in their care, are all needed to ensure sustainable and significant improvements in the safety of health care.

Patient safety helps doctors, nurses and all other health care professionals practice safer and better medicine. Therefore it is good not only for patients but for everyone in health care.

Highlights

  • 7 June 2017

    Minimal Information Model User Guide

    Many places lack robust reporting and learning systems which effectively capture events and dissect learning opportunities. The Minimal Information Model for Patient Safety (MIM PS) has been developed to provide a simple tool to start collecting data on patient safety incidents. The user guide explains each of the categories and how to implement MIM PS.

  • 19 May 2017

    WHO’s brochure: Patient Safety: Making health care safer

    This advocacy material illustrates the importance of safe care for everyone, what the burden and impact of unsafe care is, and WHO’s approach to tackling the issue of unsafe care. The brochure contains a comprehensive collation of key WHO materials and activities in to generate improvements at the front line.

  • 19 May 2017

    WHO Global Patient Safety Challenge: Medication Without Harm

    This brochure outlines the vision and strategic direction of this global initiative aiming to reduce the level of severe, avoidable harm related to medications by 50% over the next five years, globally. It provides an overview of the key components of the Challenge including the local, national and global action to be taken.

  • 29-30 March 2017

    Second Global Ministerial Summit on Patient Safety

    On 29 March, experts gathered to deliberate key topics in six workshops to gain consensus and synthesize key information for reporting back to the Ministers of Health from participating countries.

  • 29 March 2017

    WHO launches global effort to halve medication-related errors in 5 years

    WHO launched a global initiative to reduce severe, avoidable medication-associated harm in all countries by 50% over the next 5 years.

  • 16 December 2016

    Technical Series on Safer Primary Care

    The WHO Technical Series on Safer Primary Care is a series of monographs that describes issues and potential solutions for improving patient safety in primary care.