Patient safety

PFPS in Action

PFPS at the World Health Assembly

On 23 May 2013, at the 66th World Health Assembly, a session on patient engagement in medication safety was held, hosted by the Government of Australia and the International Alliance of Patients Organizations, in collaboration with the WHO Patient Safety Programme (through PFPS).

Unsafe use of medication is a major issue in health care across the globe, harming millions of patients and costing billions of dollars to health-care systems. A global concerted effort is needed to address medication safety and it needs the involvement of all health-care stakeholders, including patients.

This meeting brought together global health-care stakeholders including a number of PFPS advocates. The session raised awareness about the importance of patient engagement and empowerment in improving medication safety and to serve as a call to action to promote patient and family engagement in this area.

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PFPS webinars


PFPS collaboration with SAVE LIVES: Clean Your Hands 2013 – Patient Participation!

Every year on or around 5 May, the WHO Save Lives: Clean Your Hands campaign, draws global attention to the importance of hand hygiene to prevent the transmission of healthcare-associated infections.

This year PFPS has been collaborating with the Save Lives: Clean Your Hands campaign, to encourage action on this year’s focus - patient participation in hand hygiene promotion. The campaign is calling for hospitals and health-care facilities to work with their patients, patients’ organizations and local communities to promote hand hygiene.

WHO activities
  • A dedicated webpage has been created on patient participation in hand hygiene promotion. This links directly to the WHO guidelines on engaging patients in hand hygiene initiatives and tips on how to implement a successful patient participation programme
  • We are collecting an inventory of films of patients and families affected by healthcare-associated infection and patient participation in hand hygiene promotion
  • A Teleclass was held on patient participation in hand hygiene promotion and improvement - pros and cons. The recording and slides are available online to those who sign up for free
  • A survey has been conducted with health facilities that have patient participation programmes and results will be shared on 5 May

WHO 7 Day Mother Baby mCheck Tool

The Patients for Patient Safety team of WHO Patient Safety, in collaboration with WHO Reproductive Health Research, is creating a patient-held safety tool that will help increase safety for mothers and their newborn babies during the first seven days after birth, considered a high-risk period. Being developed ‘by patients, for patients’ this simple and easy-to-use tool will contain safety checks for common danger signs for mothers and their babies.


Workshops & events

Patients for Patient Safety has been developed to be a collective voice for patients and consumers who are concerned about patient safety issues.


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