World Patient Safety Day

17 September 2019



The Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) is joining the World Health Organization (WHO) and other leading organizations around the world to recognize World Patient Safety Day, 17 September 2019.

Declaring patient safety to be a global health priority, WHO will use the day to initiate a campaign of building awareness and commitment to improve the safety of health care worldwide. 

For this inaugural year, WHO is urging all stakeholders to “Speak Up for Patient Safety.” In the spirit of supporting that goal, IHI is pleased to share the following resources. 


Education for Health Professionals

PS101: Introduction to Patient Safety is a course in the new Patient Safety Curriculum offered by the IHI Open School. 

The online Open School courses are free for individual students, residents, and professors, as well as members of the Least Developed Countries.

In recognition of World Patient Safety Day, IHI is making PS101 available free of charge to all.

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Resources for Health Professionals

For insight into how to create a “system of safety” in your organization, download IHI’s free white paper, A Framework for Safe, Reliable, and Effective Care

A new resource, IHI’s Patient Safety Essentials Toolkit  contains resources to help you improve teamwork and communication and understand the underlying issues that can cause errors. It provides valuable guidance about how to create and maintain reliable systems.

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Patient Aids

Low health literacy has been associated with poor health outcomes and is a worldwide concernHelp patients speak up for safety by encouraging dialog with health care providers.

Ask Me 3® is an educational program that encourages patients and families to ask three specific questions of their providers to better understand their health conditions and what they need to do to stay healthy. 

  1. What is my main problem? 
  2. What do I need to do? 
  3. Why is it important for me to do this? 

Ask Me 3 materials are available at no cost in English, French, and Spanish.

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How do you speak up for patient safety? Tell us on social media.

Use #WorldPatientSafetyDay and tag @TheIHI.

World Patient Safety Day was established by Member States at the 72nd World Health Assembly in May 2019. 

Visit the World Health Organization’s campaign site for further details about observations around the world.

For more information about IHI, email or call us at +1 617-301-4800.

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