Patient safety

Launch of WHO Collaborating Centre on Patient Safety Solutions

The WHO launched the Collaborating Centre on Patient Safety Solutions on Tuesday, 23 August 2005 at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. Sir Liam Donaldson, Chair of the World Alliance for Patient Safety, was in Washington to launch the Centre alongside Dennis S. O’Leary, President, Joint Commission and Karen Timmons, CEO, JCI.

The World Health Organization has designated The Joint Commission and Joint Commission International (JCI) as a WHO Collaborating Centre on Patient Safety Solutions dedicated to patient safety solutions.

The most important knowledge in the field of patient safety is how to prevent harm to patients. A first step to turning such a vision into reality is to ensure that interventions and actions that have solved patient safety problems in one part of the world are made widely available in a form that is accessible and understandable and where the basis for replicating the success is made clear.

To this end, World Alliance for Patient Safety has partnered with The Joint Commission and JCI to achieve these goals for Solutions to Patient Safety through the designation of this collaborating centre. This goal will be achieved initially by identifying, gathering and disseminating existing patient safety solutions as well as facilitating and coordinating international effort to develop and disseminate new solutions

Press release 23 August 2005

World Health Organization Partners with Joint Commission and Joint Commission International to Eliminate Medical Errors Worldwide

More about the World Alliance for Patient Safety

The Director General of WHO Dr LEE Jong Wook launched the WHO World Alliance for Patient Safety in October 2004 to foster international collaboration and action on patient safety. The Alliance is chaired by Sir Liam Donaldson, Chief Medical Officer of the United Kingdom. The Alliance has published a forward plan for 2005 outlining six major action areas:

  • Global Patient Safety Challenge, focusing over 2005-2006 on the challenge of health-care associated infection entitled "Clean care is safer care";
  • Patients for Patient Safety, mobilizing patients and patient organizations to become involved in patient safety efforts worldwide;
  • Taxonomy for Patient Safety, developing internationally acceptable data standards for collecting, coding and classifying adverse events and near misses;
  • Research for Patient Safety, improving tools and methods to measure patient harm in developing countries and defining a global patient safety research agenda;
  • Solutions for Patient Safety, spreading proven patient safety interventions worldwide and coordinating international efforts on future solutions;
  • Reporting and Learning generating tools and guidance for developing patient safety reporting systems and improving existing systems within countries.

More about the Joint Commission

Founded in 1951, The Joint Commission seeks to continuously improve the safety and quality of care provided to the public through the provision of health care accreditation and related services that support performance improvement in health care organizations. The Joint Commission evaluates and accredits more than 15,000 health care organizations and programs in the United States, including more than 8,200 hospitals and home care organizations, and more than 6,800 other health care organizations that provide long term care, assisted living, behavioral health care, laboratory and ambulatory care services. The Joint Commission also accredits health plans, integrated delivery networks, and other managed care entities. In addition, the Joint Commission provides certification of disease-specific care programs, primary stroke centers, and health care staffing services. An independent, not-for-profit organization, the Joint Commission is the nation's oldest and largest standards-setting and accrediting body in health care.

For nearly a decade, The Joint Commission has been working intensely to improve patient safety through a wide array of accreditation and public policy initiatives, such as, the annual setting of National Patient Safety Goals; the recent enactment of the Patient Safety and Quality Improvement Act; the creation of the first national database of medical errors; and the dissemination of the lessons learned through its patient safety newsletter Sentinel Event Alert. The Joint Commission also urges patients through its "Speak Up" campaign to take a role in preventing health care errors by becoming active, involved and informed participants of the health care team.

What is a WHO Collaborating Centre?

A WHO collaborating centre is a national institution designated by the Director-General of the World Health Organization to form part of an international collaborative network carrying out activities in support of WHO's mandate for international health work and its programme priorities.

Launch of WHO Collaborating Centre on Patient Safety Solutions