Patient safety

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.

Medication without harm - the journey begins

The Global Launch of the next Global Patient Safety Challenge on “Medication without harm” took place in Bonn, Germany, on 29 March 2017. WHO’s goal for this Global Patient Safety Challenge is to achieve widespread engagement and commitment from WHO Member States and professional bodies around the world to reduce the harm associated with medication. This global launch sought to raise awareness and encourage commitment from leaders and policy-makers around the world on this important issue.

Second Global Ministerial Summit on Patient Safety

A Second Global Ministerial Summit on Patient Safety was held on 29-30 March 2017 in Bonn, Germany, elevating patient safety as a global health priority. 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. Two of these workshops was coordinated by WHO – “Global Patient Safety: Perspectives from low- and middle-income countries” and the “Global launch of the WHO Global Patient Safety Challenge on Medication Safety”. High level delegates and Ministers of Health displayed overwhelming support on the following day for a World Patient Safety Day.

Patient Safety

WHO Patient Safety endevours to prevent harm to patients during the process of health care itself

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.

  • 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.

  • 24-26 September 2016

    Expert consultation on Setting Priorities for Global Patient Safety

    Heralded as a "global think tank for thought leadership", this expert consultation aimed to set future priorties at the global level for advancing patient safety improvements.

  • 22-24 August 2016

    Working Groups Meeting for the Global Patient Safety Challenge on Medication Safety

    Five groups of experts, separated to target key population and risk domains, in preparation for the upcoming "Medication without Harm" Global Patient Safety Challenge