WHO Launches 'Nine Patient Safety Solutions'

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Patient Safety Solutions

WHO is launching "Nine patient safety solutions" to help reduce the toll of health care-related harm affecting millions of patients worldwide.

"Recognizing that health care errors affect one in every 10 patients around the world, the WHO's World Alliance for Patient Safety and the Collaborating Centre have packaged nine effective solutions to reduce such errors," said WHO Director-General Dr Margaret Chan. "Implementing these solutions is a way to improve patient safety."

The most important knowledge in the field of patient safety is how to prevent harm from happening to patients during treatment and care. The nine solutions are based on interventions and actions that have reduced problems related to patient safety in some countries.

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Sir Liam Donaldson, Chair of the Alliance and Chief Medical Officer for England, said: "Patient safety is now recognized as a priority by health systems around the world. The Patient Safety Solutions programme of work is addressing several vital areas of risk to patients. Clear and succinct actions contained in the nine solutions have proved to be useful in reducing the unacceptably high numbers of medical injuries around the world."

Now in accessible form

The nine solutions are now being made available in an accessible form for use and adaptation by WHO Member States to re-design patient care processes and make them safer. They come under the headings of:

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