World Patient Safety Day is observed every year on 17th September. The aim behind celebrating this day is to raise awareness regarding patient safety on the global level.
Theme of World Patient Safety Day 2022
Theme for World Patient Safety Day 2022 is “Medication Safety: Medication Without Harm”. This theme is selected to specifically draw attention towards the need to improve systems to support safe medication, and address unsafe practices.
History of World Patient Safety Day
World Patient Safety Day was declared by the World Health Assembly in 2019. Since 2019, World Patient Safety Day has been celebrated every year on 17 September. The main aim behind celebrating this day is to improve global knowledge of patient safety in the healthcare system.
The global campaign of World Patients Safety Day builds on a series of annual Global Ministerial Summits on Patient Safety initiated in 2016, as well as the high-level advocacy and commitment of major international and national stakeholders.
The origin of the Day is grounded in the fundamental principle of medicine – First, do no harm.
Significance of World Patient Safety Day
The World Patient Safety Day holds a great significance. Healthcare workers can improve patient safety by adopting various safe practices. Providing patients access to medical records and notes could be one of the biggest and smartest steps towards safety of patients.
Another effective measure could be involving patients and their caregivers in the decision-making process when delivering healthcare services. It will help patients and their caretakers to clearly understand their treatment and diagnosis.
Many Patients lose their life because of poor care by the healthcare system. Proper medication, diagnosis and treatment should be provided to each and every patient irrespective of their gender, caste, and race.
The overall objective of World Patient Safety Day is to enhance the global understanding of patient safety. Increasing public engagement in the safety of health care and promoting global actions to enhance patient safety and reduce patient harm.