Medications are the most widely utilized interventions in health care, and medication-related harm constitutes the greatest proportion of the total preventable harm due to unsafe care, let alone the economic and psychological burden imposed by such harm. Acknowledging this substantial burden and recognizing the complexity of medication-related harm prevention and reduction, "Medication Safety" has been selected as the theme for World Patient Safety Day 2022. The campaign is envisaged to provide the needed impetus to consolidate the efforts of the existing WHO Global Patient Safety Challenge: Medication Without Harm, emphasizing the need to adopt a systems approach and promote safe medication practices to prevent medication errors and reduce medication-related harm. Special consideration will be given to areas where most harm occurs. The key action areas are high-risk situations, transitions of care, and polypharmacy.
Call to action
Webinar in commemoration of World Patient Safety Day 2022
Wednesday, September 14, 2022 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. (EDT)
Interpretation will be available in Spanish, English, French, and Portuguese
Presentations about country experiences, addressing the challenges in implementing a national policy and planning to improve quality, with particular attention to patient safety; and from a regional perspective the impact of the use of medicines without evidence during the pandemic, as well as an excellent example of interventions that require institutionalization to improve the safety of medications.
15 September, 2:00 to 5:30 p.m. (CEST)
Interpretations will be available in Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Hindi, Portuguese, Russian and Spanish
More information available here
Presentations about the challenges and solutions of the medication safety issues within the domains of the strategic framework A panel discussion on improving medication safety at country and facility level Launch of the WHO technical tools, which will provide guidance on reducing medication-related harm.