Patient safety

Action on Patient Safety - High 5s

The High 5s project was launched by the World Health Organization (WHO) in 2006 to address continuing major concerns about patient safety around the world. The High 5s name derives from the Project’s original intent to significantly reduce the frequency of 5 challenging patient safety problems in 5 countries over 5 years.

The Mission of the High 5s project is to facilitate implementation and evaluation of standardized patient safety solutions within a global learning community to achieve measurable, significant and sustainable reductions in challenging patient safety problems.

The High 5s project is a patient safety collaboration among a group of countries and the WHO Collaborating Centre for Patient Safety in support of the WHO Patient Safety Programme. The countries collaborating are: Australia, France, Germany, the Netherlands, Singapore, Trinidad and Tobago, and the United States of America.

Fact Sheet : High 5s Project Overview

Standard Operating Protocols for Implementation

Managing concentrated injectable medicines

Assuring medication accuracy at transitions in care

Performance of correct procedure at correct body site

High 5s Newsletters

Hospitals Meeting

High 5s Steering Group Meetings

21-22 October – Steering Group Meeting, Bordeaux, France

6-7 May 2013 – Steering Group Meeting, AHRQ Headquarters, Rockville, Maryland, USA

High 5s International Conferences

22 October 2012, Lunchtime session, ISQua 2012, 29th International Conference, Geneva, Switzerland

16 September 2011 - ISQua 2011: 28th International Conference, Hong Kong, China

Background and related links

High 5s: Update 2006-2007

High 5s Banners

Patient Safety Solutions

Archived Materials