Patient safety

Patient Safety Solutions

No adverse event should ever occur anywhere in the world if the knowledge exists to prevent it from happening. However, such knowledge is of little use if it is not put into practice. Translating knowledge into practical solutions is the ultimate foundation of the safety solutions action area of WHO Patient Safety.

The basic purpose of the solutions is to guide the re-design of care processes to prevent inevitable human errors from actually reaching patients. An individual solution will present the problem, the strength of evidence supporting the solution, potential barriers to adoption, risks of unintended consequences created by the solution, patient and family roles in the solution, and references and other resources.



For information regarding the WHO Programme on Patient Safety Solutions, please contact Agnes Leotsakos at

Details of the work of the WHO Collaborating Centre on Patient Safety Solutions can be found at