February 2020 spectra 127 - Quality and patient safety

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Increased transparency leads to greater quality and safety

The FOPH has been committed to greater quality in the Swiss health service for many years. The new legal basis marks the start of a phase in which the focus is on more coordination and more transparency. In addition, the Federal Council is focusing on the reduction of healthcare-associated infections and the effectiveness of antibiotics. more


“People have a right to know how safe our health system is”

The Patient Safety Foundation draws attention to adverse events in medicine without pointing the finger at individuals. Its aim is to change the system so that events of this kind don’t happen again, explains Dieter Conen, the Foundation’s President. more


Prevent the transmission of germs

Many hospitals in Switzerland have a large number of projects and initiatives designed to help prevent the transmission of disease-causing germs, the overall aim being to reduce the number of infections in the health service and stop the rise of multiresistant bacteria. more


We need to reinforce patient safety on all levels

At first hand. People who go into hospital for treatment trust that it is a safe place and that they will hopefully leave the hospital healthier and, above all, unharmed. But sometimes reality paints a different picture: roughly every tenth patient suffers an adverse event while he or she is in hospital. These events include medication errors and hospital infections, for example. Half of them could be avoided. more