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September 17 is World Patient Safety Day

September 09, 2019

The World Health Organization (WHO) announced that the first-ever World Patient Safety Day will be on September 17. This is a campaign for all stakeholders in health care–providers, patients, and caregivers–to work together to improve patient safety.

World Patient Safety Day will represent a global commitment made by all WHO member states from 194 countries to recognize patient safety as a key health priority and to take action to reduce patient harm in health care settings. Celebrating World Patient Safety Day enables health care communities to:

  • Scale-up concerted global action on patient safety
  • Put measures in place to reduce avoidable patient harm
  • Share information regarding patient safety in care settings
  • Raise awareness among the general public and media about patient safety
  • Experiment with new ideas to improve patient safety
  • Help patients to participate in their own health care safety

HAP has demonstrated its commitment to making health care safer through the Hospital Improvement Innovation Network (HIIN) quality and safety initiative designed to eliminate hospital-acquired conditions. HIIN hospitals have access to evidence-based best practices, shared education, peer-to-peer learning, and one-to-one coaching, designed to help them to deliver high quality, safe, patient-centric health care. Physician champions, expert faculty advisors, and a person and family advisory council deliver the provider, patient, and family perspective to help drive results and address opportunities for improvement.

To learn how HAP HIIN can assist your organization in meeting patient safety goals, contact Rob Shipp, HAP’s vice president, quality and population health.

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