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Stay informed on the latest data, forecasts, innovations and news affecting the patient safety healthcare community. The Patient Safety industry news page provides you with a selection of tailored information compiled from various news sources and made available to you.

Global healthcare community to unite in world’s biggest virtual event Omnia Health Live

For five days in June the global healthcare community will be brought together on a scale like never seen before through a new experience delivered entirely online, Omnia Health Live. The virtual event is brought by Informa Markets Healthcare, organiser of world-leading events Arab Health, Hospitalar, FIME and Medlab Middle East.


Examining Central Sterile Services Department’s role in patient safety

The fundamental role of the CSSD is to receive, clean, decontaminate, package, and sterilise medical devices that can be distributed. CSSD process reusable instrument or medical device from all areas such as the operating theatre, wards, critical care, outpatient, endoscopy, etc. The department also sterilises supply such as gauze or linen. 


Coronavirus update: The race to develop a COVID-19 vaccine

There are currently over 70 COVID-19 vaccines in development worldwide. A number of countries have now started to report that the rate of COVID-19 cases has started to decline. However, the progress that is being watched even more closely is the development of a Coronavirus vaccine.


Digital technology and personalised medicine: Setting the tone for the healthcare of the future

Digital technology and personalised healthcare will be two key enablers of change. The nature of the demand for healthcare is changing. Population, disease, and demographic patterns mean that the kind of healthcare that people need is different from what healthcare systems usually deal with. 


A holistic approach to patient safety

Millions of patients are harmed each year due to unsafe healthcare worldwide resulting in 2.6 million deaths annually in low-and middle-income countries alone, according to a recent report by the World Health Organization (WHO). It further said that four out of every 10 patients are harmed during primary and ambulatory healthcare.


Enhancing patient safety through AI

It should be noted as per researchers that only 10 to 20 per cent of errors are reported. Hence, using technology to automate reporting of triggers could shift to a higher level by inducing quality standards along with safety measures into automated workflows and lead to predict and prescribe through Artificial Intelligence (AI).


Mental health - A hidden secret?

The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that 1 in 4 adults, and 1 in 8 children are at risk of developing a mental health problem or disorder. What is more concerning is that every 40 seconds worldwide, someone will commit suicide; this includes young people under 18 years.


Partnership is key to fighting antimicrobial resistance

According to the International Society for Quality in Health Care (ISQua), accreditation is a self-assessment and external peer review process used by health and social care organisations to accurately assess their level of performance in relation to established standards and to implement ways to continuously improve the health or social care system.


Early Warning Scores (EWS): A patient safety quality improvement project at a tertiary hospital in UAE

Early Warning Scores (EWS) are commonly used in acute care hospitals to detect early signs of patients that are medically deteriorating to have timely intervention by multidisciplinary medical teams to reduce morbidities and mortalities; reduce admissions to Intensive Care Units (ICUs); improve patient safety, clinical outcomes; and patient and family experience.


Rapid molecular diagnostics and antibiotic stewardship

Antibiotics can be lifesaving when treating bacterial infections. But because of inappropriate use, over or under dosing and excess use in animal feed and plant manures, has generated resistant forms known as Multi Drug Resistant Organisms (MDRO). Studies indicate that up to 50 per cent of antibiotic use is either unnecessary or inappropriate across all type of healthcare settings.


Learn to challenge your medical device vendor

Medical device companies make profits from healthcare. By virtue of this, the relationship between healthcare providers and these companies has often been an uneasy one. This said, it is important to remember that device manufacturers have a vested interest in the wellness of patients.


Organisation self-assessment: The first accreditation challenge

According to the International Society for Quality in Health Care (ISQua), accreditation is a self-assessment and external peer review process used by health and social care organisations to accurately assess their level of performance in relation to established standards and to implement ways to continuously improve the health or social care system.


Building compassion into safety culture

By building compassion into our efforts to enhance safety culture, we are encouraging everybody to actively listen. This ensures that near misses or adverse events are reported, shared and the learnings from each are built into effective solutions.


Mass Gatherings And Infectious Disease: Prevention Is Better Than Cure

How can an invisible organism such as a virus or bacteria cause global panic?


The Vital Role Of Technology In Improving Patient Safety

The right application of technology can enhance clinician communication, improve medication safety, reduce potential medical errors and improve the overall patient experience.


New horizons for medical waste treatment technology

Importance must be given to disinfection or sterilisation of infectious laboratory and bio-hazardous wastes at the point of generation.


Why Every Provider Should Have Wound Care Knowledge

The growing incidence of acute and chronic wounds has placed a great burden of care on home health agencies. Today, more than a third of home health patients require treatment for wounds, which can consume up to 50 percent of a nurse’s visit.


Reducing the risk of surgical site infections

Surgical site infections (SSIs) are now the most frequently reported health care–associated infection (HAI) in the United States. In Australia, infection of the surgical site occurs in approximately 3% of surgical procedures.


80% of CMIOs Say Medication Management Boosts Patient Safety

More than 80 percent of CMIOs believe medication management initiatives are actively helping to reduce the number of adverse drug events that can threaten patient safety, according to a recent survey from the Association of Medical Directors of Information Systems (AMDIS).


Controversial sepsis study sparks concerns over patient safety

The nonprofit consumer advocacy organization Public Citizen urged federal health officials to stop a nationwide sepsis study in an Aug.