Patient safety is everyone's business! Each individual, each team and each unit can impact on safe patient care.
“We still haven’t managed to noticeably reduce preventable patient harm. There’s still a lot to be done!" said Hedwig François-Kettner, Chairwoman of the German Coalition for Patient Safety. "All actors must, within their remit, take responsibility for the development of an improved safety culture." On the International Patient Safety Day, specific initiatives will be presented to demonstrate how they can improve safety in hospitals and outpatient settings. Examples are activities in digitization and medication safety.
"Isolated individual measures bring only little improvement in patient safety" said Ruth Hecker, Deputy Chair of the German Coalition for Patient Safety and lead for Quality Management at the University Hospital Essen. “What's important is a change of mindset – everyone has a role to play in continuously and actively improving patient safety."
This year's Patient Safety Day is designed to help more and more people and organisations understand that patient safety is the ultimate goal. We welcome everyone who is taking the next steps with us towards an improved safety culture.
// Presentation of effective solutions to improve quality and safety in health care
// Raising awareness amongst the public and media on key issues relating to patient safety
// Information on activities in hospitals, care homes and general practice
// Information for patients on how they can contribute to their own safety
The campaign is an initiative of the German Coalition for Patient Safety, Aktionsbündnis Patientensicherheit e.V. (APS), and took place for the first time on the 10th anniversary of the APS in 2015. The Swiss Foundation for Patient Safety and the Austrian Platform for Patient Safety joined the idea at the time so it was a multi-country day of patient safety right from the start.
2015 // Prevention of Hospital-Acquired and Multidrug-Resistant Infections
2016 // Medication Safety
2017 // If silence is dangerous
2018 // Digitization and Patient Safety
2019 // Safety Culture at all Levels
Examples for events and activities are:
// The Aktionsbündnis Patientensicherheit e.V. (APS) strives to improve patient
safety and encourages active participation from every organization. To ease participation in our common movement, we developed Ethical Guiding Principals to improve Patient Safety. These Guiding Principals are developed for all who are actively involved in health care on all levels of resposibility, and resultantly have a strong influence on patient safety.
// A medicine cabinet storing all medicines used by family members in a household is very common in Germany. As it contains long-term medication as well as prn-medicines, certain medicines are often stored for a relatively long period of time. Consequently, the correct storage conditions are decisive for maintaining the medicines’ effectiveness.
This 10 points demonstrate important, generally applicable aspects that you should bear in mind when storing and using your medicines. If you are uncertain, or have questions about a specific medicine, please get in touch with your pharmacist or physician.
// A Recommendation by Aktionsbündnis Patientensicherheit e.V. (APS) for organisations and teaching staff in the education and training of health care professionals Prepared by the APS Working Group for Education and Training
// The more you participate in the decisions affecting your treatment, the safer your treatment during your hospital stay will be
// Elderly people are increasingly at risk of falling, particularly in hospitals. Many safety hazards are located in the patient‘s immediate spatial environment. In addition to assessing the risk of falls, every hospital employee can contribute to minimising the patients‘ risk of falling by considering the questions below which refer to the most frequent safety hazards.
All professional groups which might be present in a patient‘s room should be trained on the issues listed below. In this respect, it is highly recommended to involve the cleaning staff and the transport service in such a training.
// Falling is common for elderly patients and can have serious consequences. They frequently involve pain, injuries, fear of falling again and a feeling of insecurity. Your safety is important to us!
In this brochure you will find out how you can contribute to preventing falls in hospitals.
// While there are many diverse patient-oriented education resources on multidrug-resistant germs (MDR-G), there is little information on hospital-acquired infections
– caused by susceptible or resistant germs
– that should be the focus of prevention approaches.
Based on recent research, this brochure gives you all the tips, information and background knowledge you need as a patient or relative to help prevent hospital infections. Every year, an estimated 80,000 to 180,000 preventable infections occur in German hospitals, about 1,500 to 4,500 of which with fatal outcomes. While the bulk of the measures needed to prevent these infections are for the hospitals and doctors’ surgeries to take, you and your relatives can effectively protect yourselves while staying at a hospital.
// Clinical risk management in hospitals and rehabilitation clinics comprises the totality of the strategies, structures, processes, methods, instruments and activities used in prevention, diagnosis, therapy and nursing care, that support staff at all levels, functions and professions in recognising, analysing, assessing and handling risks in patient care, so that the safety of patients, of those involved in their care and the organisation itself is increased.
// Recomendaciones para pacientes y sus familiares. Estimado paciente. Su seguridad tambien nos preocupa realmente mucho, por esto hemos elaborado en conjunto, con profesionales de la salud estos consejos para usted. Su seguridad es importante para nosotros.
The Fourth Global Ministerial Summit on Patient Safety (Patient Safety Summit) was taking place in Jeddah, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, on 2-3 March 2019. State Secretary Stroppe was there as the head of the German delegation. As in the three previous years (London 2016, Bonn 2017 and Tokyo 2018), the Summit brought international experts and high-level policy-makers together, to address current challenges to patient safety.
The event, attended by total number of almost 1500 attendees, was organized by the Saudi Patient Safety Center (SPSC) in partnership with WHO and with advisory input from the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare of Japan, German Federal Ministry of Health and United Kingdom's Department of Health. The Summit brought together international patient safety experts, political decision-makers and other stakeholders involved in the global movement for patient safety.
Further information can be found here:
Federal Ministry of Health (Germany)
Fourth Global Ministerial Summit on Patient Safety (2019)
Jeddah Declaration on Patient Safety:
United Nations – International Days