International focus on patient security

Berne, 6.2.2020 - At the fifth Global Ministerial Summit on Patient Safety, in Montreux, policymakers from several countries and world-renowned experts will discuss sustainable measures to improve patient safety.


Patient safety is a major public health issue. Studies show that around 10 percent of patients experience an adverse event during medical treatment, and that half of these events are avoidable. Patients may, for example, end up being given inappropriate medication or, if bedridden, develop bedsores.

If patients receive inappropriate medication or the wrong treatment, they may end up spending more time than necessary in hospital.

Switzerland is also committed internationally and is organising the fifth Global Ministerial Summit on Patient Safety from 27 to 28 February 2020.

This event, held annually since 2016, brings together experts and policy-makers to discuss ways of improving patient safety. The theme of this year’s summit is the practical implementation of measures to improve patient safety. The first day will be dedicated primarily to discussions between experts, while on day 2 ministerial delegations from Europe and beyond will exchange best practices and discuss measures to be adopted.


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