Patient safety

Fourth Global Ministerial Summit on Patient Safety (2019)

2–3 March 2019, Jeddah, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

Promoting patient safety in low- and middle-income countries theme assembled around 30 ministers of health and nearly 50 national delegations in Jeddah to attend the Fourth Global Ministerial Summit on Patient Safety. The event, attended by total number of almost 1500 attendees, was organized by the Saudi Patient Safety Center (SPSC) in partnership with WHO and with advisory input from the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare of Japan, German Federal Ministry of Health and United Kingdom's Department of Health. The Summit brought together international patient safety experts, political decision-makers and other stakeholders involved in the global movement for patient safety.

The first day included eight theme tracks:

  • Universal Healthcare Coverage & Economics of Patient Safety
  • High reliable organizations (HRO) & Patient Safety
  • Patient Empowerment & Patient Safety
  • Safety Risks and Burden of Patient Harm in Health Care
  • Healthcare Workforce & Patient Safety
  • Patient Safety Policy Making
  • Digital Health & Patient Safety
  • Implementation Science and Patient Safety Research

Each theme track ended to a relevant interactive session, examples include meeting Salma-robot (the patient safety ambassador) and integrating patient safety as an essential requirement to achieve universal health coverage at different levels. In addition to the theme tracks, the programme of work included two side-track lectures; one on International Classification of Adverse Events (ICAE)- ICD 11 and the other one on infection prevention and control.

The Fourth Global Ministerial Summit on Patient Safety released the Jeddah Declaration on Patient Safety, which calls for action to invest, promote and utilize 11 solutions to improve patient outcomes, safety culture and care delivery systems in order to shape safer systems for future generations. The Jeddah Declaration endorses the Tokyo Declaration which was issued at the Third Global Ministerial Summit in 2018.

The Summit is a continuation of the Global Ministerial Summit series which was initiated in 2016 by the United Kingdom's Department of Health and the German Federal Ministry of Health.