We kickstarted our World Patient Safety Day 2020 celebrations in September 2020. One of our campaigns was called “Conversations with”, which is a series of interviews and discussions with healthcare leaders across the region, as a collaboration to promote awareness on staff safety and a joint call for action to prioritize health worker safety.
Watch a video collage of excerpts from our chats here:
Our first conversation was an insightful chat with Dr. Juan Lucas Rosas, Quality Management Director, FV Hospital in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. Dr. Rosas urged the need to empower staff and engage them in patient safety and staff safety initiatives and the importance of work-life balance. Dr. Rosas rightly highlighted how there is no international healthcare safety board and the need to establish one. He urged all healthcare organizations to focus on their foremost responsibility and accountability – to make it safe. Read the article about the full interview here.
We hosted Dr Ana Maria Jimenez and Dr Roger Macusi from the Phillipines.
Dr Ana Maria Jimenez is the Director of Quality Management at Asian Hospital and Medical Center (AHMC), Philippines. Dr. Jimenez spoke compassionately on the importance of having health worker safety an integral part of patient safety culture, paying tributes to pandemic heroes and safety champs, and having emergency management plans and dashboards that enable AHMC to respond quickly to the crisis and make informed decisions. You can read the full interview here.
Dr. Roger Macusi is a member of the Board of Trustees of the Philippine Society for Quality in Healthcare (PSQua) and the Chairman of its Publications and Public Relations Committee. Dr. Macusi spoke about PSQua’s roles in patient safety, the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on the healthcare industry, why education is the key in raising awareness on health worker safety. He also proposed that our Society looks into tapping the educational institutions to teach that health worker safety is important and linked to patient safety. You can read the full article here.
From Indonesia, we hosted Dini Handayani from Medistra hospital. Dini Handayani is the CEO of Medistra Hospital, Jakarta, Indonesia. Dr. Dini spoke to us with a wealth of knowledge on safety culture, managing safety risks, and crisis management. At the national level, Dr. Dini relates the nationwide health worker safety campaign organized by MOH Indonesia and WHO South-east Asia Regional Office; and the role of accreditation agency in developing infection prevention and control training programs. You can read the full article here.
In Malaysia, we hosted a variety of healthcare leaders and professionals from various hospitals and specialties – Dr. Hasri Samion and Dr. Farina Mohd Salleh from National Heart Institute of Malaysia (IJN), Dato’ Dr. Mohamed Ibrahim from Beacon Hospital, and Ms. Phang Moon Leng from Oriental Melaka Straits Medical Centre (Oriental).
Dr Hasri Samion, is the Chief Clinical Officer & Senior Consultant Paediatric Cardiologist and Dr Farina Mohd Salleh is the Director of Quality and Emergency Physician & Manager, Observation & Emergency Department, National Heart Institute of Malaysia (IJN). Dr Farina and Dr Hasri shared with us their safety culture and their roles and experience in managing patient and staff safety during this pandemic as a tertiary referral heart centre. You can read the full article here.
Dato Dr Ibrahim spoke about health workers’ protection and safety as the utmost priority, investing in cutting-edge technology while making pricing affordable and how digital innovation is impacting healthcare. You can read the full article here.
Ms Phang spoke about their commitment to health worker safety, their experience in crisis management and the importance of emergency preparedness, not just for any pandemic but also in dealing with natural disasters. You can read the full article here.
All in all, we are more than happy to have celebrated World Patient Safety Day 2020 in the perfect way we could think of. Gathering valuable learnings from leaders in the industry and sharing them with the community at large. Plus, there couldn’t have been a better time to discuss this topic than in 2020.