World Patient Safety Day
The 17th of September remarks the World Patient Safety Day, raising the title that no one should be harmed in health care. The 72nd World Health Assembly adopted resolution WHA 72.6 entitled ‘Global Action on Patient Safety’ on 25 May 2019. The resolution recognized patient safety as a global health priority and endorsed the establishment of World Patient Safety Day, to be remarked annually on 17 September.
The theme of the very first World Patient Safety Day was ‘Patient Safety: a global health priority’. To promote open communication for learning from errors and to emphasize the importance of patient safety, the slogan selected was “Speak up for patient safety!’. The theme selected for this year is ‘Health Worker Safety: A Priority for Patient Safety’, focusing on the interrelationship between health worker safety and patient safety, depicted in the slogan ‘Safe health workers, Safe patients’.
World Patient Safety Day calls for global solidarity and true action by all countries and international partners to improve patient safety. Furthermore, the day brings together patients, families, caregivers, communities, health workers, health care leaders, and policy-makers to show their commitment to patient safety.
Source: World Health Organization. “World Patient Safety Day”. https://www.who.int/patientsafety/world-patient-safety-day/en/#:~:text=The%20Seventy%2Dsecond%20World%20Health,observed%20annually%20on%2017%20September. Accessed 17 September 2020.