IN World Patient Safety Day, which is celebrated every September 17 at the initiative of World Health Organization (WHO), The city of Buenos Aires will join the global campaign, which in 2022 has as its motto Medicine without harm. The government of Buenos Aires reported this It will illuminate important monuments in orange, the color that identifies this global program.
World Patient Safety Day was established at the 72nd Assembly held in 2019 and is one of the World Public Health Days organized by WHO. Within the framework of the activities that will be carried out this year, the campaign offers besides Specific training and awareness-raising activities on this issue, the lighting of iconic monuments, landmarks and public places in orange. In the city of Buenos Aires, Obelisk, Bridge of Women, Monument to the Two Congresses, Monumental Tower, Usina del Arte, Lezama Palace and Planetarium.
This year’s theme aims to raise awareness of risk of medication errors and the potential associated harm, as part of an ongoing process of health care improvement.
WHO sets the following goals for the campaign until 2022:
1. Zoom in global awareness training on the high burden of drug-related harm due to medication errors and unsafe practices, and advocates urgent action to improving drug safety.
two. Involve key stakeholders and partners in efforts to prevent medication errors and reduce associated harms.
3. Empower patients and families to actively participate in the safe use of medicines.
4. Expand the application to A Global Patient Safety Challenge: Medicine without harm.
Every person in the world will at some point in their life take medication to prevent or treat disease. However, drugs can harm people’s health if it is improperly stored, prescribed, dispensed or administered or if it is not adequately controlled.
Figure on unsafe drug practices and medication errors among the leading causes of preventable harm in health care worldwide. These errors occur when deficiencies in medication systems and human factors, such as fatigue, poor environmental conditions, or staff shortages, affect the safety of the medication administration process. This can cause patient harm, disability and even death.
In addition, there are high-risk situations that should be avoided, such as the transition between care services, polypharmacy (the simultaneous use of several drugs) and the drugs that they look and sound similar. The campaign, launched by the WHO, focuses particularly on the implications of the COVID-19 pandemic for the safety of medicines, taking into account the serious disruptions in the provision of health services.
The WHO announced that World Patient Safety Day celebrations will include the orange lighting of Geneva’s Jet d’Eau, the iconic fountain of the Swiss city that is the seat of this world organization. He further invited member states and associated countries to participate in the global campaign by committing to fulfill the Global Patient Safety Challenge: Medicines Without Harm by organizing activities, holding events and lighting iconic monuments. to which the city of Buenos Aires joined.
The initiative is supported by Boehringer Ingelheim, which seeks to transform life today and for future generations with an emphasis on quality. It is for this reason that he adopts the motto Medicines without harm, understanding working together for one health.
On World Patient Safety Day, Maria Maluenda Martínez, a professor in the Bachelor of Nursing course at the Faculty of Biomedical Sciences at the Australian University, highlighted that specialist Alyssa Hahn’s studies on errors or noises in communication with parents of hospitalized children warrant that poor communication between parents of pediatric patients and healthcare professionals leads to adverse events and a less satisfactory hospital experience. Among the findings, parents who reported communication problems were 5.3 times more likely to report errors and 78.6% less likely to report a good hospital experience.
In this sense, “special value is attached to nursing staffwhich is key to ensuring continuity of care, articulating communication between patient and family with all the health professionals who treat them”.
“The team built between the patient, family and healthcare professionals needs communication as a fundamental and powerful tool in the care process. For your next health team visit, it’s important to remember Keep a complete list of the medicines you take, health problems and guidance on how to manage yourself. In this way, it will be possible to increase the accuracy of the information that will be transmitted, reduce preventable adverse events and improve the healthcare experience”, he assured.