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Patient safety and reduction of preventable medical error is one of the major challenges of the 21st century. Medical errors are leading cause of the death in United State. The Institute of Medicine USA, (IOM) reported the annual number of deaths in hospitals from medical errors to be between 44’000 and 98’000 in 1999. More people die in USA because of medical errors than breast cancers and AIDS. Medical error is the fifth largest disease in the USA. According to an article in “The Telegraph’ dated 6th January 2009, the deaths caused by hospital mistakes have gone up to 60 percent.

If we use the similar statistics in India, the figure would be horrified; but the biggest catastrophe is that we do not have documented evidences. Medical error goes down the linen in India.  A recent figure from WHO quoting that “medical errors come in the top 10 causes of deaths in India”.

Patient safety and medical error seems to be double edged swords in the current healthcare scenario. Safety and error are the two arms of the individual, with one arm he makes the mistake and with another arm he set it right. Innovation and technology can save lives and improve the quality of care on other hand it introduces the complexities and risk element if used unsafely.

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  • " IPSO ( Nothing without Patient and Everything for Patient). "

  • " 86% of the shifts, ICU nurses worked overtime – on average almost an hour longer. ---Scott LD. J Nurs Adm. 2006 "

  • " IPSO strive hard for the safe and quality care through the partnership with the healthcare providers, Key stake holders and patients. "

  • " Half of postgraduate year (PGY) 1 and a third of PGY 2 residents working > 80 hours p/w. ---Baldwin DC. Acad Med. 2003 "

  • " Patients need to be safe. Error cannot be tolerated within healthcare delivery system. "

  • " 50-100% more errors if ICU nurses work 8.5 or more hours. ---Scott LD. J Nurs Adm. 2006

  • " IPSO will work to infuse the knowledge, skill, just culture and attitude/Behaviour at all the levels of the healthcare in order to make the care safer, better, faster and effective. "

  • " Burnout Syndrome ⇒ 33% of ICU nurse. --Poncet MC. Am. J. Respir. Crit. Care Med. 2007

  • " Burnout Syndrome ⇒ 47% of Intensivists. ---Embriaco N. Am. J. Respir. Crit. Care Med. 2007

Patient Safety Courses Programs


IPSO will offers a range of online and classroom courses in patient safety, improvement capability, quality, cost, and value, person- and family-centered care, for healthcare workers.



E Learning Patient Safety course content will be online modules to equip the learner with the fundamental understanding of the patient safety and skills that are applied in everyday practice.


Why action is needed now?

At no time in the history of medicine has the growth in knowledge and technologies been so profound. The new technology and innovation indeed open a new horizon in improvement of the care, increase in the longevity and alleviating pain and suffering. Advances in rehabilitation, cell restoration, and prosthetic devices hold potential for improving the health and functioning of many with disabilities. Mankind should be proud of great strides that have been made in the health and medical sciences.

The flip side of it is that with the advent of technology, complexities and high risk factor has grown profoundly. Research reveals that this is because the healthcare system frequently falls short in its ability to translate knowledge into practice and fail to apply the new technology safely and appropriately. This result into overuse, underuse, misuse of the healthcare services and subsequently this conclude into loss of life, major or minor impairments, pain and suffering. The end is not yet; this further result millions of dollar extra burden on patient and family.


IPSO Structure

Key Stake Holder’s

The key stakeholder’s are the one who will act as the mentor of this organisation. They will be involved in the strategical decision about the functionality of the organisation and will act as a central voice for the advancement of the patient safety for the entire healthcare delivery system of the country.

Faculty / Speaker’s / Members

To begin with we need the experts in the field of patient safety and they will be the one to transform the knowledge across the continuum. These leaders are vocal, have deep knowledge on the subject of patient safety, are inspired internally, are visible advocates of the patient safety mission and are deeply committed to IPSO. They are the one who will conduct the workshop, training and orientations for the healthcare worker. Faculty will also run the train- the- trainee courses. Curriculum, teaching materials will be framed by the faculty and will be put for the peer review to stake holders. IPSO will ensure that the training material, books, publications, presentations, should be at par with the international standard and should be beneficial for the masses. IPSO will provide the training in the core competences of : Knowledge, skill, just culture and Attitude/Behaviour

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Vision & Mission

Creating an India with an innovative health care community that listens, learns and responds to the need of the patient and for those who care for them having the zero tolerance to harm.



It is clear that errors in medicine are a frequent, irreversible and unfortunately, inevitable occurrence in a human system; however, the outcome can be a huge tragedy for the patient


Key Action Plan

Following are the key action plan for the IPSO for enhancing the patient safety:

  1.  Creation of a safety culture
  2.  Identification and measurement of problem fields (Patient Safety epidemiology)


IPSO will be a first organisation in India which will take the ownership and responsibility of educating the healthcare workers in patient safety. While taking the example from the developing countries as below, these countries already have governance and ownership of patient safety in place :

All these institutions (Ministry of Health, Ministry of Education, Administrative units e.g. regions, scientific medical societies, healthcare organizations,) have responsibilities, as well as the universities who have certain autonomy in devising their curricula on patient safety.

The federal (national) government decides upon the basic contents but the regions/communities organise and manage the different programmes in the universities and higher education institutes on patient safety.

Ministry of Science Education and Sports; scientific medical societies (training for health professionals); healthcare organisations and the Chambers of Doctors, Nurses and Midwifes.

The Ministry of Education is responsible for the undergraduate education; for the healthcare professionals and healthcare managers the responsibility lies with the Ministry of Health as well as Scientific Societies




Patient safety is a serious global public health issue. In recent years, countries have increasingly recognized the importance of improving patient safety.


Estimates show that in developed countries as many as one in 10 patients is harmed while receiving hospital care.


In developing countries, the probability of patients being harmed in hospitals is higher than in industrialized nations.



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