Patient Safety Day

17th September

The International Patient Safety Day – initiated by the German Coalition of Patient Safety / Aktionsbündnis Patientensicherheit in 2015 –  is a campaign for all stakeholders in the health care system to work together to improve patient safety.



Recognizing patient safety now is a global health priority.

In May 2019 194 countries came together to establish 17 September as WORLD PATIENT SAFETY DAY at the 72nd World Health Assembly. From 2019 on, this day, every year, WHO will spotlight patient safety to increase public awareness and engagement, enhance global understanding, and spur global solidarity and action.





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The Patient Safety Day has a specific topic every year. The focus of the International Day 2019 was:


Safety culture at all levels


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.




Purpose and Topics


Healthcare organisations, institutions, academic organisations, companies, patient organisations – all are invited to participate in this day with their activities and ideas, for example:


//  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


Universitätsklinikum Bonn – 10 Years Institut for Patient Safety



Join the Website


You are welcome to share Your engagement and ideas on this page!

Every organisation and activity contributing to more patient safety is welcome. Please send us Your information here and we will upload it to this page.


Your participation is invaluable as a motivation for more and more others. So please join us!


Examples for events and activities are:

  • open house/open day
  • patient‘s forum or discussion groups
  • conventions or public panel discussions with patient safety experts, healthcare providers, patients, representatives of health insurances or government agencies
  • information events on special topics such as hygiene or safe medication in clinics, hospitals, pharmacies or nursing homes
  • special on-the-job-trainings for staff members in the field of patient safety
  • introductions to self-help-groups
  • press releases or interviews
  • videos or social media initiatives
  • checks for medication safety or drug interactions at pharmacies
  • posters with advice for better patient safety



Events on Patient Safety Day 2019




Practical Guidance and Downloads



Online APP checklists for the use of health apps

In these online checklists, we have summarized some key facts to help you weigh up the risks and benefits associated with using health apps on mobile devices such as tablets, smart phones or wearables and also give tips for the safer usage of such apps.


Available in english, french, german and italian


English – Checklist for the use of health apps


Deutsch – Checkliste für die Nutzung von Gesundheits-Apps


FRANÇAIS – Check-list pour l’utilisation d’applis santé


Italiano – Lista di controllo per l’utilizzo di app per la salute







WHO campaign


We support the WHO campaign

The World Patient Safety Day builds on a successful series of Global Ministerial Summits on Patient Safety pioneered in 2016 at London as well as relentless advocacy by leaders from all sectors — politicians, patient champions, patient safety experts and global public health leaders. The establishment of an annual World Patient Safety Day will give an opportunity to providers, seekers and managers of health care services to join a platform and express solidarity and compassion to make health care safer. The origin of the day is firmly grounded in the fundamental principle of medicine – First, to do no harm.


The objective of the very first World Patient Safety Day was to raise global awareness about patient safety with the theme “Patient Safety: a global health priority”. Openness and ‘blame-free’ environments are the minimum conditions for enacting a safety culture. Hence, to promote open communication for learning from errors and to emphasize the importance of patient safety, the slogan for World Patient Safety Day 2019 is “Speak up for patient safety!”


For the very first time, on 17 September 2019, World Patient Safety Day was marked with events around the world to raise awareness of the need to establish patient safety as a global health priority. The day brought stakeholders together in an effort to reduce the unintended harm caused by healthcare.





Events & Lightening up monuments around the World on Patient Safety Day 2019

#PatientSafety  #WorldPatientSafetyDay



Photo credits: © Nagwa Metwally; Yakob Seman; Joychakr;  Nor’Aishah Abu Bakar; M.Zingl I Charité



With friendly support of the German Federal Ministry of Health

© Aktionsbündnis Patientensicherheit e.V. , 2019