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Walenty Zajdel

World Patient Safety Day

MedExpress Team

Walenty Zajdel

Published Sept. 19, 2022 08:08

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On the initiative of the World Health Organization (WHO), World Patient Safety Day is held on September 17 each year. This year's theme is drug safety: "World Patient Safety Day: medication safety, medication without harm". WHO encourages healthcare professionals and patients to take action to ensure the safety and harm reduction of medicines. It should be emphasized that this day is celebrated in most countries, including Rwanda, unfortunately not in Poland. Why?

Drugs are the most widely used interventions in healthcare, and harm from misuse of drugs accounts for the largest proportion of total preventable harm. Errors can occur at different stages in the medication process. Research shows that about 70 percent of medication errors occur in primary care.

Worldwide, the cost of medication errors has been estimated at $ 42 billion annually. The WHO recommends increasing efforts to reduce drug-related harm. The project "Medication Without Harm" aims to reduce serious preventable harm from pharmacotherapy by 50% worldwide in the next 5 years.

Moreover, the goal of WHO is not only to improve safety, but also to involve patients more in the thera...

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