Anyone seeking medical treatment assumes that they will be treated in the best possible way and, above all, safely. From anamnesis to the actual treatment to discharge, patient safety is essential. To draw attention to this issue, the WHO has launched the World Patient Safety Day.
This day of action is relatively new and is almost in its infancy; nevertheless, it is no less important for everyone who experiences medical treatment. Since 2015, the Aktionsbündnis Patientensicherheit e.V. (Patient Safety Action Alliance) (APS) has been campaigning to add the day to the list of international days of
Patient safety is important from the first breath.
action and holidays of the United Nations and the World Health Organization (WHO) so that the general public is also better educated about patient safety. In 2019, the APS did it: 194 countries recognized patient safety as a priority health goal, and World Patient Safety Day became a WHO Day of Action.
This year, it's literally all about patient safety from the first breath: Under the theme "Safe maternal and newborn care," WHO is calling for action to promote safe and respectful birth. Every day, more than 800 women die as a result of childbirth or pregnancy, and around 5,400 children are stillborn. This is primarily related to the quality of health care women receive during pregnancy and childbirth. For these numbers to decrease, we first need more comprehensive health systems and approaches that are implemented in solidarity by communities.
As part of Action Day 2021, the APS will present a variety of solutions for quality patient care. It is particularly important to the association that the topic receives more public attention – the association will organize a hybrid event with online live streaming in Berlin for this purpose. Interested parties can learn what each individual can contribute to their own patient safety. Engaged ones can present also own projects or topics approximately around patient security, as long as there is a direct reference to the topic and specialized information is obtained. In addition, smaller activities are taking place in clinics, practices and homes throughout Germany – the APS has clearly presented all activities on a map.
WHO will hold a virtual global conference on World Patient Safety Day to discuss the issue, present reports on antenatal and newborn care and its patient safety goals, among other things. Interested parties can participate online.