QAI Journal for Healthcare Quality and Patient Safety

: 2019  |  Volume : 1  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 1-

Quality and patient safety – A global agenda

Pawan Kapoor 
 Vice Chairman, Rus Education, New Delhi, India

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Dr. Pawan Kapoor
Quality and Accreditation Institute, 416, Krishna Apra Plaza, Sector 18, Noida - 201 301, Uttar Pradesh

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Even after lots of advancement in technology and facility infrastructure, medical errors are happening at an alarming level. Most importantly, many of those are not even noticed and therefore harm keep happening to patients. The irony is that we are not able to do much even after knowing that many of these are preventable.

We know that every day, patients are falling, receiving wrong medications, wrong patient is being treated, wrong procedure is being performed, wrong site is being treated, patient is getting undesirable infection, etc. What is missing? It reminds us of three global patient safety challenges of the World Health Organization (WHO), i.e., Clean Care is Safe Care (Hand Hygiene), Safe Surgery Saves Lives (Use of Surgery Checklist), and Medication Without Harm, if implemented can change the whole paradigm. This makes me to ask myself several questions. Where are we lacking? Are these too difficult to follow? Are health-care organizations and professionals not aware of these? Don't they have necessary resources to implement? They know but they don't want to implement?

Thanks to several global organizations such as the WHO, the International Society for Quality in Healthcare, and the Institute for Healthcare Improvement for their initiatives to improve quality and patient safety. Commendation to all those organizations and professionals who are putting their efforts in making patient safer. Thanks to health ministries of several countries those who have taken leads to drive this important agenda of patient safety.