International Patient Safety day 2022


PATIENT SAFETY: In the section of highly specialised paediatric orthopaedics and paediatric medicine, patient safety is a high priority. Everyone must be involved and dare to act. says Eva Weidenhielm Broström, head of operations.

Most incidents occur in inpatient care and mainly concern medicines, treatment and nursing care. They can be as simple as the wrong medicine, the wrong speed of an IV drip or a plaster pressing too hard and causing an infection. But the culture of the practice is also crucial for safer patient care.

- There needs to be a climate where people dare to talk openly and are comfortable sharing. We encourage our staff to always report discrepancies. Only then is there an opportunity to address them. says Eva Weidenhielm Broström.

Prevention is key

Christina Strömbeck, senior physician, is the person who, alongside Helena Bergius, head of nursing, is responsible for leading and structuring the work on patient safety at the hospital. There are four larger groups of deviations she sais: treatment, nursing care, medicines and information transfer.

- I see it as my main task to achieve prevention in patient safety. That the employees themselves learn to recognise risks and are able to develop a safety mindset that permeates all work and all employees.

When we identify things that are not good, we have to rethink and do something new. Then we need to stick to the new way and follow up. That way we can ensure that the necessary measures have been taken. Another insight we've made along the way is that we need to learn to be able to see the risks - to think proactively.

Eva Weidenhielm Broström concludes: Overall, we have fewer serious adverse events today. And I see better feedback to employees on these issues. At the same time, we constantly need to find new ways. Patient safety evolves as healthcare evolves. We are in a constant state of learning.