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WHO World Patient Safety Day

17 September 2019

Patient safety is a designated global health priority by the World Health Organization (WHO). This new global campaign aims to create awareness of patient safety and urges people to show their commitment to making healthcare safer.

According to WHO, adverse events due to unsafe care is likely one of the 10 leading causes of death and disability in the world.

WHO Director-General Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus has recorded a video message to mark World Patient Safety Day 2019.

WHO has produced a range of resources on how to create awareness and a culture of patient safety that empowers patients, health workers and leaders to communicate openly and learn from errors rather than blame.

Please see the WHO website for more details:

An editorial marking the day has also been published in The Lancet (free article - login required)

To celebrate the first World Patient Safety Day, the Canadian Patient Safety Institute is hosting an exclusive screening of To Err is Human on September 17, 2019. Through interviews with leaders in healthcare, footage of real-world efforts leading to safer care, and one family’s compelling journey from victimhood to empowerment, the film provides a unique look at the healthcare system’s ongoing fight against preventable harm.

The screening, which is free, will start at 8pm BST and can be accessed from this link: Registration is required.