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3 March, 2019

Four ‏@WHO tweets from Dr Tedros at the #GlobalMinisterialPSSummit and a comment from me below. Please retweet.

"1 in 10 people hospitalized worldwide experience a safety failure or adverse event.

Every year, an estimated 134 million adverse events occur due to unsafe care in hospitals in low- and middle-income countries" - @DrTedros at #GlobalMinisterialPSSummit


"Unsafe care erodes trust in public health systems and deters patients from seeking care.

It can drive patients to the private sector, which they perceive as safer. This increases the financial burden on patients and undermines progress towards #HealthForAll" - @DrTedros


"About 15% of hospital expenditure in industrialized countries is spent on treating safety failures. And the broader social and economic costs of patient harm amount to trillions of dollars every year" - @DrTedros at #GlobalMinisterialPSSummit


“For thousands of years, medicine has operated on a simple principle: help, but do not harm, the patient. That principle is as true today as in the time of Hippocrates.

No one should be harmed while seeking care“ - @DrTedros at #GlobalMinisterialPSSummit #PatientSafety



The 'estimated 134 million adverse events occur due to unsafe care in hospitals in low- and middle-income countries' is from Dr Tedros's report: Global action on patient safety', December 2018, with the following reference:

'Presentation at the “Patient Safety - A Grand Challenge for Healthcare Professionals and Policymakers Alike” a Roundtable at the Grand Challenges Meeting of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, 18 October 2018

(https://globalhealth.harvard.edu/qualitypowerpoint, accessed 5 November 2018). Forthcoming paper based on data from National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. Crossing the global quality chasm: Improving health care

worldwide. Washington (DC): The National Academies Press; 2018 (https://www.nap.edu/catalog/25152/crossing-theglobal-quality-chasm-impro..., accessed 23 October 2018)'

I look forward to more discussion on HIFA about this hugely important issue. It is important to note that patient safety is not only about making mistakes - it is also about the harm caused to patients as a result of substandard care, misdiagnosis and incorrect treatment decisions, which are closely related to disempowered, unsupported and overburdened health workers.

Patient safety suffers when health systems fail to meet the basic SEISMIC needs of health workers: Skills, Equipment, Information, Systems support, Medicines, Incentives, Communication facilities. http://www.hifa.org/about-hifa/hifa-universal-health-coverage-and-human-... #healthinfo4all

Best wishes, Neil

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HIFA profile: Neil Pakenham-Walsh is coordinator of the HIFA global health campaign (Healthcare Information For All - www.hifa.org ), a global community with more than 19,000 members in 177 countries, interacting on six global forums in four languages. Twitter: @hifa_org FB: facebook.com/HIFAdotORG neil@hifa.org