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  1. News Article
    Up to 100 nurses are to be recruited from Nepal to work in the NHS, despite global restrictions on employing health workers because of staff shortages in the country. The Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) and the Government of Nepal have signed a new government-to-government agreement regarding the recruitment of Nepali health professionals to the UK. The move comes after the new health and social care secretary Steve Barclay announced plans to “significantly increase” overseas recruitment of health workers to help mitigate staff shortages in the UK. A 15-month pilot phase will initially see up to 100 nurses recruited from Nepal to work at Hampshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. Read full story Source: Nursing Times (23 August 2022)
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    This document, Malaysian Patient Safety Goals 2.0 – Guidelines on Implementation & Surveillance explains the details of the new Malaysian Patient Safety Goals, known as MPSG 2.0. It describes the: Malaysian Patient Safety Goals and KPIs. The technical specifica!on of the associated KPIs (i.e., rationale, strategies & implementation, definition, inclusion and exclusion criteria, formula of KPI, numerator, denominator and target for each goal). The data collection process and format.
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    This study in the journal Dove Press aimed to explore the experience of patient safety culture among South Korean advanced practice nurses in hospital-based home healthcare. 20 nurses involved in home healthcare were recruited from twelve hospitals located in three different cities throughout South Korea. The authors concluded that there were significant aspects of patient safety culture in hospital-based home healthcare, allowing for good continuity of care for patients. These aspects include communicating with caregivers, building community partnerships, understanding unexpected home environments and enhancing the safety of nurses.
  4. News Article
    The World Health Organization (WHO) announces that the Ministry of Food and Drug Safety, Republic of Korea, has achieved maturity level four (ML4), the highest level in WHO’s classification of regulatory authorities for medical products. WHO has formally assessed the medical product regulatory authorities of 33 countries, of which only the Republic of Korea is listed as attaining this level in regulation for both locally produced as well as imported medicines and vaccines. This achievement represents an important milestone for the Republic of Korea and for the world, signifying that the Ministry of Food and Drug Safety (MFDS), the national regulatory authority for medicines and vaccines, is operating at an advanced level of performance with continuous improvement Only about 30% of the world’s regulatory authorities have the capacity to ensure medicines, vaccines and other health products are produced to required standards, work as intended and do not harm patients. WHO’s benchmarking efforts identify regulatory authorities that are operating at an advanced level so that they can act as a reference point for regulatory authorities that lack the resources to perform all necessary regulatory functions, or which have not yet reached higher maturity levels for medical product oversight. “This is a great testament for Republic of Korea’s commitment for ensuring safe and effective medicines and vaccines, and investing in building a strong regulatory system,” said Dr Mariângela Simão, Assistant Director-General, Access to Medicines and Health Products. “We hope the achievement will be sustained and also help promote confidence, trust and further reliance on national authorities attaining this high level”. Read full story Source: WHO, 29 November 2022
  5. Content Article
    Oman’s healthcare system has rapidly transformed in recent years. A recent Report of Quality and Patient Safety has nevertheless highlighted decreasing levels of patient safety and quality culture among healthcare professionals. This indicates the need to assess the quality of care and patient safety from the perspectives of both patients and healthcare professionals. This study from Al-Jabri et al. aimed to examine (1) patients’ and healthcare professionals’ perspectives on overall quality of care and patient safety standards at two tertiary hospitals in Oman and (2) which demographic characteristics are related to the overall quality of care and patient safety.
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    This mixed-methods study in the Journal of Multidisciplinary Healthcare examined how health staff in Indonesian hospitals perceived open disclosure of patient safety incidents (PSIs). The authors surveyed 262 health workers and interviewed 12 health workers. In the quantitative phase they found a good level of open disclosure practice, a positive attitude toward open disclosure and good disclosure according to the level of harm. However, in the qualitative phase they found that most participants were confused about the difference between incident reporting and incident disclosure. The authors concluded that a robust open disclosure system in hospitals could address several issues such as lack of knowledge, lack of policy support, lack of training and lack of policy. They also suggest that the government should develop supportive policies at the national level and organise initiatives at the hospital level in order to limit the negative implications of disclosing situations.
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    Patient Safety is a healthcare discipline that aims to prevent and reduce risks, errors, and harm that occur to patients during the provision of health care. As per WHO, millions of patients are harmed every year due to unsafe medication practices, 2.6 million deaths annually in low-and middle-income countries alone. Today, patient harm due to unsafe care is a large and growing global public health concern and is one of the leading causes of death and disability worldwide. Most of this patient harm is avoidable. The Asia Pacific Patient Safety Network's mission is to advocate for patient safety, where everyone receives safe and high-quality medical care while reducing unavoidable harm due to unsafe care across the globe.
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    Despite under-reporting, health workers (HWs) accounted for 2-30% of the reported COVID-19 cases worldwide. In line with data from other countries, Jordan recorded multiple case surges among HWs. This study from Tarif et al. looked at infection prevention and control risk factors in HWs infected with Covid-19. Study findings confirmed the role of hand hygiene as one of the most cost-effective measures to combat the spreading of viral infections.
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    One of the reasons why patient safety may be put at risk during healthcare interventions is a lack of staff adherence to patient safety guidelines. There could be a relationship between staff’s adherence to patient safety guidelines and their perceived level of reward for their work and/or motivation. This study from Asmoro et al. examined the relationship between reward and adherence to patient safety guidelines, and between motivation and adherence to patient safety guidelines, among nurses working in emergency departments (EDs) in Indonesia. They found that ensuring ED nurses are motivated for their work by offering rewards – such as a decent salary, a supportive workplace environment and career progression opportunities – is important to enhance their adherence to patient safety guidelines.
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    Jordan is a middle-income country located in the Middle East. Health services in Jordan are provided by the public and private sectors Jordan's health indicators have been internationally lauded. In 2010, Jordan was ranked the leading medical tourism destination in the Arab world and fifth globally by the World Bank. In 2003, the Minister of Health and other health sector leaders from the RMS, the Private Hospital Association (PHA), the healthcare professional councils, and medical schools met to discuss how to address some of the health system challenges and how they might improve the quality of healthcare services. In 2007, the bylaws of the new organization were endorsed by all sectors, and in December of that year, the Health Care Accreditation Council (HCAC)—a private, non-profit, shareholding company—was created to act as the national healthcare accreditation agency of Jordan.  The mission of the HCAC was to foster the continuous improvement of the quality and safety of healthcare facilities, services, and programs through developing internationally accepted standards, building capacity, and awarding accreditation.
  11. Content Article
    Medical error is a serious issue in hospitals in Jordan. This study from Suliman et al. explored Jordanian nurses' perceptions of the culture of safety in their hospitals. The Hospital Survey of Patient Safety Culture translated into Arabic was administered to a convenience sample of 391 nurses from 7 hospitals in Jordan. The positive responses to the 12 dimensions of safety culture ranged from 20.0% to 74.6%. These are lower than the benchmarks of the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. Jordanian nurses perceive their hospitals as places that need more effort to improve the safety culture.
  12. Content Article
    Patient safety is fundamental to healthcare and is a major concern for the Republic of Maldives. For strengthening the patient safety framework, Ministry of Health (MOH), Republic of Maldives had requested the WHO for assistance in assessing prevalent the status in the year 2016. Now the Ministry of Health has decided to develop the National Strategic plan for the Patient Safety in the country. This report looks at the current patient safety situation in the Maldives and their action plan for implementation of a patient safety framework.
  13. Content Article
    The purpose of this study was to identify challenges in applying certain standards, techniques for the Baku Health Center in Azerbaijan.
  14. Content Article
    Patient safety culture is a vital component in ensuring high-quality and safe patient care. This cross-sectional study aimed to assess doctors’ and nurses’ perceptions of patient safety culture in five public general hospitals in Hanoi, Vietnam. The study found that the mean scores among nurses were significantly higher than that among physicians for several categories: supervisor/manager expectations staffing management support for patient safety teamwork across units handoffs and transitions Nurses reported significantly higher patient grades than physicians (75% vs 67.1%) and around two-thirds of physicians and nurses reported no event in the past 12 months (62.8 and 71.7% respectively). The authors recommend that hospitals develop and implement intervention programs to improve patient safety, including around teamwork and communication, encouraging staff to notify incidents and avoiding punitive responses.
  15. Content Article
    This article and video tell the story of Rihan Neupane, a baby born prematurely in Dhapasi, Nepal, who was left in a vegetative state following a series of medical errors including a missed diagnosis of meningitis. His parents had chosen a private international hospital for their maternity care, but were let down by a series of medical errors including Rihan being mistakenly given a massive paracetamol overdose. Although external hospital safety inspectors found the hospital negligent on many counts, the hospital continued to deny any wrongdoing or responsibility for Rihan's condition. Rihan's father Sanjeev Neupane talks about his family's experience in the embedded video.
  16. Content Article
    In 2019, the Korean National Patient Safety Incidents Inquiry was conducted in the Republic of Korea to identify the national-level incidence of adverse events. This study determined the incidence and detailed the characteristics of adverse events at 15 regional public hospitals in the Republic of Korea. The authors concluded that a review of medical records aids in identifying adverse events in medical institutions and helps prioritise actions to reduce their incidence.
  17. Content Article
    In this study, Aniza Ismail and Norhani Mazrah Khalid assessed the baseline level and mean score of every domain of patient safety culture among healthcare professionals at a cluster hospital in Malaysia and identifed the determinants associated with patient safety culture. The study found that healthcare professionals at the cluster hospital showed unsatisfactory patient safety culture levels. Most of the respondents appreciated their jobs, despite experiencing dissatisfaction with their working conditions. The priority for changes should involve systematic interventions to focus on patient safety training, address the blame culture, improve communication, exchange information about errors and improve working conditions.
  18. Content Article
    For specialist treatment, Palestinians often need to be referred to a hospital outside Gaza – then apply for a travel permit. Tight budgets and restrictions mean few are granted. Int this Guardian article, one woman details the obstacles she has faced.
  19. Content Article
    Patient safety has been considered the heart of healthcare quality. This study from Najjar et al. in Safety in Health aimed to explore relationships between patient safety culture and adverse event rates at unit levels in Palestinian hospitals, and provide insight on initiatives to improve patient safety. The study confirms the idea that a more positive patient safety culture is associated with lower adverse events in hospitals at the departmental levels in Palestine. Further analysis should include a more representative sample to examine the causal relationship between patient safety culture and adverse events incidents.
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    This decriptive study in BMC Health Services Research aimed to increase understanding of how patient and family education affects the prevention of medical errors, and provide basic data for developing educational content. The authors surveyed patients, families and Patient Safety Officers to investigate the relationship between educational approaches and medical error prevention. Participants thought that educational contents developed through this study could prevent medical errors. The results of this study are expected to provide basic data for national patient safety campaigns and standardised educational content development to prevent medical errors.
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