Venezuelan authorities are developing a strategy to strengthen safety of the country’s hospitals. Action is being taken with broad participation from professionals who are committed to optimal response from health facilities faced with adverse events.
As part of the strategy, in 2009, training on the Hospital Safety Index was given to professionals from various health institutions and units in the city of Caracas. This group then formed an assessment team that could apply the index in hospitals in the capital city and throughout the country. New programs are now underway to train more teams to use the index. At the same time, the Ministry of Health is working to establish a legal framework to ensure the safety of hospitals in emergencies and disasters.
The Hospital Safety Index is a tool to assess how well health facilities can function using their own resources after a disaster. It also assists in identifying interventions and plans to improve hospital response.