World Patient Safety Day - September 17
Sun Sep 17th

World Patient Safety Day

Every year on September 17th, World Patient Safety Day raises global awareness and sparks global unity in patient safety. The day also encourages countries around the world to highlight patient protection as a global health concern.

You may think you are safe from harm if a health-care facility is looking after you. However, this is not always the case. Patient safety is a significant health issue around the world, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). In fact, one out of every 300 patients is harmed when receiving health care. In addition, patient harm is the 14th leading cause of global disease burden.

During hospitalizations, millions of adverse events occur each year. In low to middle-income countries, adverse events that result in unsafe care are more common. As a result of unsafe care, over 2 million people die each year. Patient harm is usually caused by an incorrect or delayed diagnosis. Patients are also vulnerable to patient harm by medication errors. Medication errors are another common cause of patient harm. Surgical mistakes are also common. According to WHO, more than one million patients die each year during or immediately after surgery.

In several ways, health care professionals can improve the safety of their patients. Here are a few of the ways you can do this include:

  • Patients are entitled to their medical records and clinician notes, which are also available to patients
  • Patient areas should be kept organized
  • Patients need rest, and Enforcing quiet hours and being alert to lighting to ensure patients get enough sleep
  • Procedure protocols are being followed while remaining vigilant
  • Providing simple appointment booking

Patients or their caregivers are directly involved in their health care, which is another way to raise patient safety. Patients also need to have a concrete idea of their illness and treatment options. Patients are always encouraged to ask questions in the event that this happens.

How to celebrate #worldpatientsafetyday

On this day, patients, families, caregivers, health care professionals, and policymakers host various activities to highlight their dedication to patient safety. In addition, on this day, worldwide cities are encouraged to light up local monuments with the color orange. The lighting of monuments is a sign of respect and admiration to health care workers.

With #WorldPatientSafetyDay, you can help raise money for this critical day on social media.

The first world patient safety day is the longest in history

Since 2015, the German Coalition for Patient Safety had been planning to establish the platform for a World Patient Safety Day. The Swiss Foundation for Patient Safety and the Austrian Platform for Patient Safety joined forces to make it an international effort. 194 countries pledged to recognizing patient protection as a health concern in 2019, at the World Health Assembly in Geneva, 194 countries pledged to recognizing patient protection as a health concern in 2019. As a result, the World Health Assembly declared September 17th as World Patient Safety Day. The World Health Organization was hired to coordinate the annual event.