Patient Safety

WHO Patient Safety and Infection Prevention Posters (in Arabic)

These posters are part of a comprehensive effort to improve patient safety and infection prevention and control in hospitals. These excellent WHO posters will help any hospital or health system in an Arabic-speaking country to prompt their...

HCAC Fourth Quality Health Care Conference 2017

Amman, Jordan

Global Guidelines for the Prevention of Surgical Site Infection

The World Health Organization (WHO) has released new guidelines for reducing health care associated infections related to surgery. The new guidelines include 29 concrete recommendations distilled by 20 of the world’s leading experts from...

Introducing the AFRO Guide for Developing National Patient Safety Policy & Strategic Plan

Lopa Basu

US Liaison for the WHO Service Delivery & Safety Department

As conceptual clarity on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) emerges, the health component requires a clear focus on the ‘how to’ of service delivery improvement. The convergence of the world of quality improvement and the world of Universal Health Coverage is vital. 

WHO Hand Hygiene Global Survey

5 Moments for Hand Hygiene

In support of its annual call to action for health workers, SAVE LIVES: Clean Your Hands, and ten years of the WHO Clean Care is Safer Care program, the 2nd WHO Hand Hygiene Self-Assessment Framework Global Survey was launched on 1 June 2015.

The WHO Hand Hygiene Self-Assessment Framework provides a situation analysis of hand hygiene resources, promotion and practices within health-care facilities. After completing the Framework, facilities can also use and adapt the WHO Template Action Plans to implement plans for local improvement based upon the Framework results.  Data submitted through the survey on a confidential online server will help WHO to demonstrate progress with the hand hygiene improvement across the globe and ensure that action in support of patient and health worker safety stays high on everyone’s agenda. Survey responses can be submitted in English, French, Spanish, Italian, and Portuguese.

BMJ Quality Webinar: Sitaram Bhartia's QI Journey

SItaram Bhartia BMJ Quality Webinar

BMJ Quality is pleased to host this webinar featuring three quality leaders from the Sitaram Bhartia Institute of Science and Research -- a 70-bed nonprofit hospital and medical research center in Delhi, India.  They will recount how quality became a game changer at the hospital and how an incident in her practice led one obstetrician-gynecologist to work for lowering caesarean section rates across the hospital.

April 9 2015  11:30am New York | 4:30pm London | 9:00pm Delhi

African Partnerships for Patient Safety: Lessons learned

Shams Syed

Programme Manager, World Health Organization

This post was originally published by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality.

In the last six years I have had the privilege of shaping and leading the implementation of a WHO program focused on improving patient safety in Africa through the use of hospital partnerships. African Partnerships for Patient Safety (APPS) has been implemented through a phased approach aimed at continuous refinement. In this article, I summarize the journey and reflect on key implications on the use of institutional health care partnerships for global patient safety improvement.

Dr. Nasty: Avoid a Doctor that Treats You Like Dirt

Edward Broughton

Director, Research and Evaluation, USAID ASSIST Project/URC

Is a nasty doctor bad in other ways? Apparently, if your doctor treats you like dirt, there may be more reason to avoid him or her other than the fact that it’s not good to be treated like dirt – by your doctor or anyone else.

Tetanus Deaths are Preventable

Jude Thaddeus Ssensamba

Quality Improvement Officer, Uganda, USAID ASSIST Project/URC

This post originally appeared as an editorial on the New Vision newspaper in Uganda on Friday, March 21.

In just one week, two people close to me succumbed to tetanus, not counting the New Vision newspaper photographer. These are a few of the notable rising number of people dying from an immunizable disease that can be prevented by simple, affordable health interventions. With rising mortality, it’s time that we acted to improve the quality of health care given to accident, trauma and violence victims.