Global Ministerial Patient Safety Summit

Bern, 22.2.2023 – On 23 and 24 February 2023, Switzerland will be the host of the fifth Global Ministerial Patient Safety Summit. Experts and policymakers from around the world will meet for talks in Montreux.

The two-day meeting focuses on the implementation of specific measures with a lasting positive impact on patient safety in fields as diverse as drug safety, governance and infection prevention. Other topics include antibiotic use and the safety of people with mental health conditions. Lessons learned from the COVID-19 pandemic will also be discussed extensively.

The first day will feature meetings and workshops led by Swiss and international experts. The second day, which is dedicated to the ministerial delegations discussing best practices and measures to improve patient safety, will commence with opening remarks by Alain Berset, President of the Swiss Confederation. Country delegations from around the world have announced their participation, including numerous ministers and the Director-General of the WHO, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus.

Patient safety as a key issue in healthcare

Around the world, patient safety and quality are key public health issues. Studies show that around ten per cent of patients experience an adverse event during medical treatment in hospital that results in them having to spend at least one additional day in hospital. A significant majority of these events are preventable.

Last modification 22.02.2023

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