Influencing UAE patient safety

Dubai Healthcare City (DHCC) plans to launch a national patient safety pledge in partnership with the US-based Patient Safety Movement Foundation (PSMF) to enable healthcare organisations and professionals in the UAE to commit to a culture of safety. The goal is to achieve zero preventable patient deaths in hospitals by 2020.

PSMF is working towards its mission to reduce the number of preventable deaths in hospitals globally to zero by 2020. With less than two years to achieve the global target, DHCC is playing an active role to influence patient safety in the UAE.

Figures from the World Health Organization indicate the burden and impact of unsafe healthcare. In magnitude, 1 in 10 patients around the world are harmed while receiving care. The global number is 43 million each year, and medication errors alone cost an estimated US$42 billion annually.

DHCC has signed a cooperation agreement with PSMF to jointly launch in 2019 the national patient safety pledge that aims to prevent harm to patients during treatment and care.

The mechanism of the national patient safety pledge will be to:

  • Commit:

Once you take the pledge, you will be listed with the global Patient Safety Movement Foundation

  • Act:

Identify patient safety challenges in your clinical environment and develop solutions by adopting the Actionable Patient Safety Solutions

  • Share:

Present regionally relevant best practice models at the Dubai Healthcare City Best Practice Conference 2019 in partnership with PSFM

Actionable Patient Safety Solutions developed by PSMF are free, evidence-based solutions developed to address the 31 leading challenges to patient safety which have been proven to prevent hospital errors and increase patient safety. 4,500 hospitals from 44 countries have already implemented the APSS, saving 81,533 lives in 2017.

DHCC was the first in the Middle East to make a public commitment through PSMF to improve a culture of safety. The goal is to achieve zero preventable patient deaths in hospitals by 2020.