Patient Safety Week 2020
Patient Safety is an issue that affects every one of us. No one should be harmed in the hospital while seeking healthcare. This year, the World Health Organisation (WHO) has focused on the theme of health worker safety as a core priority in achieving patient safety. The theme “Health Worker Safety: A Priority for Patient Safety” emphasizes the need for a safe working environment for health workers as a prerequisite for ensuring patient safety.
As an advocate for doing what is necessary to improve patient safety, Nilai Medical Centre launched its Patient Safety Week campaign happened from 15 – 18 September 2020.
Various activities were organised for the week including walkabouts around the hospital and wards to promote best practices on the use and knowledge of patient safety, and setting up educational booths on the six (6) International Patient Safety Goals.
As one of the backbones of the week-long campaign, Zarinah, Quality Assurance Manager at Nilai Medical shared about the team’s vision of creating more awareness about Patient Safety while nurturing fellow staff members and the public through creative engagements.
“We were looking for creative and fun ways to encourage people to participate in our activities. So we set-up educational booths around the hospital where people could participate in games and quizzes and win prizes! We truly hope that all our attendees gained something valuable through these activities” she enthused.
When asked about the significance of the campaign to Nilai Medical, Dennis Ting, (Senior Pharmacist) explained his thoughts on how the campaign is a great avenue to demonstrate the duties performed by healthcare professionals. “The healthcare industry is a conducive yet challenging environment. We are responsible for the highest standards of care for our patients. Through the event, we were able to showcase the safety goals to the public and staff members, and it is our ever-going commitment to fulfil our goals and objectives every single day.”
Dennis also believes that the programme is an essential component for continuous education, and hopes that through the activities conducted during the Patient Safety Week, it can be an eye-opener for everyone who wants to learn about the complexity of the healthcare environment.
Below are a few snapshots from the launching ceremony held last week at Nilai Medical Centre.