September 14, 2020By Lance Baily

World Patient Safety Day During Healthcare Simulation Week 2020

September 17th is World Patient Safety Day which is right in the middle of this years Healthcare Simulation Week! The World Patient Safety Day was created by the World Health Organization to increase public awareness and engagement, enhance global understanding, and spur global solidarity and action to promote patient safety. Healthcare Simulation Week celebrates global professionals like you who use medical simulation to improve the safety, effectiveness, and efficiency of healthcare delivery. Let’s take a look at some of the planned activities for this week and show you ways to join in the celebration of all things clinical simulation and pt safety this week!

More About Healthcare Simulation Week 2020

Healthcare Simulation Week, organized by the Society for Simulation in Healthcare (SSH) raises awareness in communities nationwide about how healthcare simulation is leading the world to safer, more knowledgeable patient care. It is designed to raise awareness about the importance of healthcare simulation in improving the safety, effectiveness, and efficiency of delivery and outcomes and to celebrate professionals who work in simulation in healthcare — all healthcare professionals, Simulation Operations Specialists and technologists, researchers, educators, etc. advocating for healthcare simulation in education, practice and research. The special week fosters collaboration across the global healthcare simulation community and provides a dedicated time for organizations to celebrate their teams and the work they do to advance patient care. Finally, it also raises awareness amongst media and consumers about how healthcare professionals are using simulation to improve the safety, effectiveness, and efficiency of healthcare delivery.


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With attention focused on healthcare simulation professionals during Healthcare Simulation Week, it’s an ideal time to plan an event, conduct media outreach, advocate for the profession, and promote the value of medical simulation. Ways to showcase your team, institution and your simulation program’s work include:

  • Set-up a special Healthcare Simulation Week display in your facility that draws attention to work your team does.
  • Celebrate your team and hold a special reception, breakfast or lunch to recognize your healthcare simulation team.
  • Ask your team to share their simulation stories, post photos on social media and more.
  • Post photos and videos on social media of your staff working in simulation. Tag @HealthySim, @HcSimWeek and #HcSimWeek20 so we can follow along with all your awesome updates!

All this week HealthySimulation.com will be running webinars focused on healthcare simulation including:

Safe and Reliable Patient Care: How the Patient Safety Movement Foundation Can Help
9/14 @ 10AM by: Donna M. Prosser DNP, RN, NE-BC, FACHE, BCPA

Beyond the Simulation Lab: Designing Immersive Virtual Reality Simulations
9/15 @ 10AM by: Maria D’Errico DNP, APRN, FNP-BC, CHSE


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Pediatric Simulation Research: Highlights and Resources from IPSS
9/17 @ 10AM by: Edward Rovera MS Ed, CHSE, CHSOS

Safety in Healthcare: Moving Beyond COVID-19
9/18 @ 8AM by: Stefan Monk, MD

Other Healthcare Simulation Week Activities:

More About World Patient Safety Day 2020

Did you know that research estimates show that in high-income countries, as many as one in 10 patients is harmed while receiving hospital care. The harm can be caused by a range of adverse events, with nearly 50% of them considered preventable. A study on the frequency and preventability of adverse events across 26 hospitals in eight low and middle-income countries, showed the adverse event rate to be around 8%. Of these events, 83% were preventable, while about 30% were associated with death of the patient. For these reasons and many more, WHO will observe World Patient Safety Day on the 17th of September 2020 and support a global campaign to emphasize the importance of health worker safety as a priority for patient safety.

WHO urges all partners and countries to develop national and local campaigns based on this global campaign, to support and observe the Day around the world to make it successful, and to commit and taking urgent and sustainable action to recognize health worker safety as a prerequisite for patient safety. The campaign aims to mobilize patients, health workers, health leaders, policy-makers, academics, researchers, professional networks, the private sector and health care industry to speak up for health worker safety to improve the safety of health care, and reduce the risk of harm, both to health workers and patients.

Objectives of World Patient Safety Day 2020:

  • Raise global awareness about the importance of health worker safety and its interlinkages with patient safety
  • Engage multiple stakeholders and adopt multimodal strategies to improve the safety of health workers and patients
  • Implement urgent and sustainable actions by all stakeholders which recognize and invest in the safety of health workers, as a priority for patient safety
  • Provide due recognition of health workers’ dedication and hard work, particularly amid the current fight against COVID-19

Download the media kit, social media frames, images, posters and more for #WorldPatientSafetyDay on the WHO’s media page, and learn more on the essentials page.

Patient Safety Movement Foundation Activities:

In June, the Patient Safety Movement Foundation announced the wide-ranging campaign to bring attention to system-wide improvements that will ensure better health worker and patient safety outcomes, called #uniteforsafecare. Now, the organization will be joined by the American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA), The Leapfrog Group, and International Society for Quality in Health Care (ISQua) in co-convening the slate of programming, which includes a virtual physical challenge to raise awareness of the issue; collaboration with the National Association for Healthcare Quality’s annual conference, NEXT; an in-person demonstration in Washington, D.C. and a free virtual event for the public and those who have experienced errors, harms, or death to themselves or loved ones.

Unite for Safe Care – patients, advocates, health workers and leaders, together globally – working to ensure patient and health worker safety in every nation on earth.

Learn more here!

ISQua Activities:

ISQua was established in 1985 with a vision to promote quality and safety in health care through international co-operation and collaboration. ISQua is dedicated to making this vision a reality! While much has been achieved in the last 30 years of our operation, there is still more to be done. Adapting and continuing ISQua’s vision for the future will always require new visionaries to carry things forward.

Follow @HealthySim on Twitter for All the Latest Updates This Week!


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