Patient Safety Awareness Week
is an annual recognition event, run by the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI), to promote learning more about health care safety. During this week, IHI seeks to advance important discussions locally and globally, and inspire action to improve the safety of the health care system for patients and the workforce. IHI encourages greater consideration about the need to improve patient safety measurement.
Existing methods for measurement of patient safety have faced certain limitations. In September 2019, health leaders from across the world met in Salzburg, Austria, at the request of theSalzburg Global Seminar
and IHI to explore ways of improving the measurement of patient safety. The 2019 Salzburg Seminar sought to create more effective data collection, management, and analysis approaches. The work prompted the design of new principles for measuring patient safety.
Held during Patient Safety Awareness Week, this Virtual Learning Hour provides an overview of the challenges of patient safety measurement as well as a summary of the work done at the 2019 Salzburg Seminar and the Global Principles for Measuring Patient Safety.