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Mediclinic News : GLOBAL PLAN TO HIGHLIGHT THE SAFETY OF PATIENTS

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GLOBAL PLAN TO HIGHLIGHT THE SAFETY OF PATIENTS

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2019-09-14

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SATURDAY WEEKEND ARGUS World Patient Safety Day will be celebrated across the world for the first time on Tuesday. It aims to raise awareness and high light the importance of patient safety. The Council for Health Service Accreditation of Southern Africa (Cohsasa) will light up the statue of Nelson Mandela on the Grade Parade to mark the World Health Organisation's WHO initiative. Jacqui Stewart, chief executive of Cohsasa, said WHO agreed it would designate September 17 every year for World Patient Safety Day. "Health care should not do anybody any harm. We know that across the world every day, thousands of patients are harmed or potentially injured during an episode of health care," Stewart said. "In the US for example, adverse events when a patient is actually harmed is now the third biggest killer. We thought it was important to high light this day in South Africa. "According to the WHO, in high income countries, it is estimated that one in 10 patients is harmed while receiving hospital care. The available evidence suggests that 134 million adverse events occur annually in hospitals in low and middle income countries, contributing to 2 6 million deaths every year." Next month, Cohsasa, with the International Society for Quality in Health Care (ISQua), will host the largest global conference at the CTICC on patient safety and how to improve health care. Cape Town will also make history as it will be the first time that ISQua will host its conference in Africa. "During this time, we will have international and local speakers who will be doing presentations. It is aimed at everybody in the health care system sharing their learning of patient safety, improvement and external evaluation accreditation. "It is really about people sharing their knowledge and learning from other people," Stewart said.
Created at 2019/09/20 01:11 PM by Mediclinic
Last modified at 2019/09/20 01:11 PM by Mediclinic