World Patient Safety Day

17th September 2020

The World Patient Safety Day – a campaign for all stakeholders

in the health care system to work together to improve patient safety.


Lightening up the Berlin TV Tower on World Patient Safety Day 2020

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Prof. Dr. Reinhard Strametz (General Secretary APS), Dr. Ruth Hecker (Chair APS), Dr. Peter Gausmann (Assessor APS)

© Federal Ministry of Health; Gabriela Girnau and Ingo Härtel



The Patient Safety Day has a specific topic every year. The focus of the International Day 2020 is:


Health Worker Safety: A Priority for Patient Safety

Speak Up for Health Worker Safety!


The German Coalition for Patient Safety calls on all healthcare facilities to take part in the

World Patient Safety Day on 17th September 2020. Get involved and join this campaign!


No one should be harmed in healthcare – this principle applies always, also in the Time of Coronavirus.

It is important that the care of the acutely ill and chronically ill are not forgotten or delayed. All patients must be cared for according to their medical needs and the population should be adequately informed about the treatment provided. Everything must be done to prevent coronavirus deaths but at the same time, years of life and quality of life must not be lost due to canceled, postponed or avoided healthcare provision.


Your topics and projects on patient safety at all levels are therefore welcome and can be presented here.

Use this opportunity to present your own engagement in this matter!

World Patient Safety Day thrives on participation. Together with you and your organization, we would like to raise awareness amongst the public for important issues related to patient safety on 17th September 2020.


Participate 2020 Participate with your own events




Purpose and Topics


Healthcare organisations, institutions, academic organisations, companies, patient organisations – all are invited to participate in this day with their activities and ideas, for example:


//  Presentation of effective solutions to improve quality and safety in health care

//  Raising awareness amongst the public and media on key issues relating to patient safety

// Information on activities in hospitals, care homes and general practice

// Information for patients on how they can contribute to their own safety


The campaign is an initiative of the German Coalition for Patient Safety, Aktionsbündnis Patientensicherheit e.V. (APS), and took place for the first time on the 10th anniversary of the APS in 2015. The Swiss Foundation for Patient Safety and the Austrian Platform for Patient Safety joined the idea at the time so it was a multi-country day of patient safety right from the start.


2015 //  Prevention of Hospital-Acquired and Multidrug-Resistant Infections

2016  //  Medication Safety

2017  //  If silence is dangerous

2018  //  Digitization and Patient Safety

2019  //  Safety Culture at all Levels




Join the Website


You are welcome to share Your engagement and ideas on this page!

Every organisation and activity contributing to more patient safety is welcome.

Please send us your information here and we will upload it to this page.


Your participation is invaluable as a motivation for more and more others. So please join us!


Examples for events and activities are:

  • open house/open day
  • patient‘s forum or discussion groups
  • conventions or public panel discussions with patient safety experts, healthcare providers, patients, representatives of health insurances or government agencies
  • information events on special topics such as hygiene or safe medication in clinics, hospitals, pharmacies or nursing homes
  • special on-the-job-trainings for staff members in the field of patient safety
  • introductions to self-help-groups
  • press releases or interviews
  • videos or social media initiatives
  • checks for medication safety or drug interactions at pharmacies
  • posters with advice for better patient safety



Events on Patient Safety Day 2020




Practical Guidance and Downloads



Health Worker safety is patient safety!

This has never been so clear as during the corona crisis. Infection prevention alone is not enough. Employees need to be protected in many ways: in their commitment to caring for patients, in decisions that need to be made, with regard to their physical and psychological stress.


There is a new recommendation publication:

Maintaining capacity in the healthcare system during the COVID‐19 pandemic by reinforcing clinicians’ resilience and supporting second victims





Online APP checklists for the use of health apps

In these online checklists, we have summarized some key facts to help you weigh up the risks and benefits associated with using health apps on mobile devices such as tablets, smart phones or wearables and also give tips for the safer usage of such apps.


Available in english, french, german and italian


English – Checklist for the use of health apps


Deutsch – Checkliste für die Nutzung von Gesundheits-Apps


FRANÇAIS – Check-list pour l’utilisation d’applis santé


Italiano – Lista di controllo per l’utilizzo di app per la salute







WHO campaign



In May 2019 194 countries came together to establish 17 September as WORLD PATIENT SAFETY DAY at the 72nd World Health Assembly. Since 2019 the World Health Organization spotlights patient safety every year to increase public awareness and engagement, enhance global understanding, and spur global solidarity and action.


The World Patient Safety Day builds on a successful series of Global Ministerial Summits on Patient Safety pioneered in 2016 at London as well as relentless advocacy by leaders from all sectors — politicians, patient champions, patient safety experts and global public health leaders. The establishment of an annual World Patient Safety Day will give an opportunity to providers, seekers and managers of health care services to join a platform and express solidarity and compassion to make health care safer. The origin of the day is firmly grounded in the fundamental principle of medicine – First, to do no harm.


We support the WHO campaign

The COVID-19 pandemic has unveiled the huge challenges and risks health workers are facing globally including health care associated infections, violence, stigma, psychological and emotional disturbances, illness and even death. Furthermore, working in stressful environments makes health workers more prone to errors which can lead to patient harm. Therefore, the World Patient Safety Day 2020: Health Worker Safety: A Priority for Patient Safety




FSP magazine – patient safety in Chile and South America with reference to the patient safety alliance in Germany

Our partner organization "Fundación para la Seguridad del Paciente CHILE" gives in the publication "Revista Chilena de Seguridad del Paciente Vol3 N2 2020" many insights into topics related to patient safety in Chile and on the South American continent. One focus of this issue of the magazine is dealing with Covid-19 in the context of patient safety and the protection of health care workers, which is the motto of the WHO World Patient Safety Day 2020.





Events & Lightening up monuments around the World on Patient Safety Day 2019

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Photo credits: © Nagwa Metwally; Yakob Seman; Joychakr;  Nor’Aishah Abu Bakar; M.Zingl I Charité



With friendly support of the German Federal Ministry of Health

© Aktionsbündnis Patientensicherheit e.V. , 2023