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World Patient Safety Day

Safer healthcare workers, safer patients

Our healthcare communities around the world have been dramatically challenged by the COVID-19 pandemic. Healthcare workers on the frontlines in the fight against the virus have experienced an increased risk of infection or even death. In addition, working in stressful environments increases risks to both physical and mental health making them more prone to errors which might lead to patient harm.

We lend our voice to the World Health Organization’s call to action to speak up for healthcare worker safety which requests urgent actions to recognize and invest in the safety of healthcare workers as a priority for patient safety. Because if our healthcare workers are not able to keep themselves safe, they won’t be able to keep their patients safe.

1 in 10 Patients Harmed while receiving healthcare
43 Million Annual patient safety incidents
$42 Billion Annual cost due to medical errors

Why improve patient safety?

There is a 1 in 300 chance of a patient being harmed in a hospital.

1 in 4 patients are harmed while receiving primary and ambulatory healthcare.

Healthcare-associated infections occur in 14 out of every 100 patients.

More than 40 million adverse events occur to patients during hospitalization.

Getting the opportunity to practice

Simulation-based education

The methodology of simulation education has gained widespread recognition within the field of healthcare as a powerful tool for reinforcing clinical knowledge, improving team communication, and teaching decision-making skills. Simulation is an educational methodology, not a technology. Simulation can be used not only to teach clinical skills, but also teamwork and communication. It can also be used to standardize training, meet evidence-based guidelines, and target specific goals. There is a shift in mindset from what simulation can do to how simulation can be best used to improve patient care.