On Tuesday this week ASPH marked the first ever World Patient Safety Day, led by the World Health Organisation, to recognise and highlight the importance of providing safe healthcare.
Patient safety is a global health priority, and in an ideal world no one should ever be harmed in healthcare, yet every day many people around the world suffer avoidable harm or are put at risk of injury whilst receiving care. In high-income countries, it is estimated that one in every ten patients is harmed while receiving hospital care, with nearly 50% of incidents being preventable-and the World Health Organisation has a host of other stark statistics.
At ASPH reducing and preventing risks, errors and avoidable harm that occur to patients is an absolute priority and is a core theme within the Together we Care strategy sitting within the Quality of Care objective. We have a dedicated Patient Safety Team, led by Chief of Patient Safety Dr Paul Murray, who continually strive for a positive patient safety culture. We want to continue growing a culture that encourages reporting and learning from near-misses and errors, and creates a blame-free environment of psychological safety where colleagues are empowered to speak up. This is how we learn and can put the right training, systems and processes in place to reduce errors, improve safety and minimise risk. We know we are not as good as we would wish to be but we are without doubt heading in the right direction with our approach to becoming a learning organisation and focusing on continuous improvement.
We used World Patient Safety Day at ASPH to raise the profile of patient safety because this isn’t a one day a year focus; it’s something we all need to be thinking about every single day as we deliver care to patients. Activities were undertaken to highlight some of our key focus areas -from CPR training for staff and visitors to infection control advice, VTE, pressure ulcer and falls stands and adult feeding information were undertaken. The Patient Safety Team also visited some of the wards (with a trolley stocked with treats!) to talk about the importance of standing and sitting blood pressure tests and demonstrated how to take these. It was fantastic to see so many of Team ASPH involved; chatting to colleagues, patients and visitors about safety and the initiatives we have in place and I’d like to thank Paul Murray, Jacqui Rees, Michelle King, Sacha Light, Kate Flynn and the Patient Safety Team for coordinating such an engaging and informative day.
Have a great weekend.
With best wishes