WHO to host 1st World Patient Safety Day Sept. 17

The World Health Organization will host the first-ever World Patient Safety Day Sept. 17.

About 134 million adverse events occur annually in low- and middle-income countries, according to WHO. The campaign will be held annually on Sept. 17 to boost patient safety awareness and spur improvement efforts worldwide.

The American Hospital Association plans to highlight member hospitals' work on patient safety on its blog and social media during World Patient Safety Day, according to AHA News. The group is also encouraging hospitals to share their own safety advancements using the hashtags #PatientSafety and #WorldPatientSafetyDay. 

To access social media templates and other materials for the campaign, click here.

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