World Patient Safety Day was declared as the inaugural World Patient Safety Day in 2019 by the World Health Organization (WHO).

Globally, 134 million adverse events contribute to 2.6 million deaths of patients each year due to unsafe care. The slogan for the day is “Speak Up for Patient Safety” and this year’s campaign will mobilize patients and their families, health workers, policymakers, academicians, researchers, professional networks and the healthcare industry to speak up. To tackle medical errors, we must have a health care system that make it easy to do the right thing and make it difficult to do the wrong thing.

The health system can be made more effective through establishment of clinical/operating guidelines, good data, good records, focused skill training and systematic audit of performance.

Being in the hospital is a major risk factor for developing a blood clot and one in four deaths globally is caused by thrombosis-related conditions. More so, verifying patient’s identity may be the safest thing you do today!

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