We as health professionals emphasis on the importance of patient safety. What is patient safety and why it is important?
According to several published studies, if a hospital has a safe patient culture they will have less medical errors and increased patient satisfaction.
According to world health organization “patient safety is the absence of preventable harm to patient during the process of healthcare”, and according to Wikipedia, patient safety is “a discipline that emphasizes safety in health care through the prevention, reduction, reporting, and analysis of medical errors that often leads to adverse effects”.
After prolonged surveys and study’s by WHO they found several types of medical errors which lead to harm to the patient that can be prevented. Then they prioritized these errors according to likelihood of happening. After that through evedince-based practice they established set of interventions that would help healthcare organizations to stop these errors from happening or reaching the patient and cause harm, this set of interventions are called patient safety solutions.
National accreditation standards for hospitals lists them as Patient Safety Required Areas (PSRA) for the hospital to be accredited.
These Patient Safety Required Areas are:
1- Patient verification
2- Transfer of patient information at transition point
3- Medication reconciliation
4- Safe surgical practices
5- Control of concentrated electrolytes
6- Training on patient safety
7- Hand hygiene
8- Timely administration of prophylactic antibiotics
9- Safe injection practices
10- Performance of correct procedure at correct body site
11- Look alike sound alike medication names
12- Avoiding catheter and tubing misconceptions
Finally, I would like to thank Quality and Accreditation Directorate for conducting Kuwait Conference on Quality in Healthcare in the Regency Hotel on the 13th to 15th of March 2017, under the patronage of his excellency Dr. Jamal Al-Harbi, the minister of health in Kuwait. The conference was held during world patient safety awareness week, which is dedicated to educate and spread awareness about the importance of having patient safety culture in healthcare organizations.
The conference program was about:
1- Exchange quality improvement experiences
2- Generate momentum for change in your organization
3- Learn latest quality improvement issues, tools, and techniques
4- Network with like-minded colleagues
So thanks to all of the organizers who made it happen, thanks to all the speakers who made it interesting, and a big “Thank You” to all who attended, you made the conference serve it’s purpose.
– national accreditation standards for hospitals