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1.1 Course rationale

Many patients continue to suffer varied degree of adverse events or death as a result of the care they receive from the hospital. It is estimated that, 10% of patients suffer one form of adverse events or the other during their hospital. It is important to note that, more than two-thirds of these events are preventable. AfIHQSA is of the opinion that no one should be harmed by healthcare. However, frontline providers are not formally introduced to and given basic knowledge and competencies in patient safety, it will be near impossible, to reduce the occurrence of adverse events in Africa and let alone facilitate the attainment of a zero harm in our healthcare institutions.

1.2 Course Design:

This course is intended to be delivered as a one-off course. The course will introduce basic concepts and skills in Patient Safety to participants. This is to equip the participants with the information, skills and basic competencies required to effectively understand and improve the safety of patients in healthcare facilities.

The course will be facilitated by foremost healthcare patient safety and health system experts over a four-day period. The sessions will provide opportunities for participants to acquire knowledge, be introduced to and practice skills to develop basic competencies. This will be done through presentations, group discussions and assignments. To ensure relevance, facilitators will share real life experiences and participants will be encouraged to do same for purposes of learning.

1.3 Intended Course Participants and Impact

Every frontline healthcare worker of the healthcare fraternity is encouraged to attend. Every category of healthcare professional (e.g., medical superintendents, doctors, nurses, pharmacists, biomedical scientists, public health professionals, administrators, accountants, academia, biomedical engineers, human resource practitioners etc) will benefit immensely from the course and is encouraged to attend. The first target group for this are cohorts of health facility managers.

1.4 Course benefits

At the end of the course participants will appreciate the fundamental concepts, principles and practices required to improve patient safety outcomes in the healthcare facility setting. They will leave with an understanding of why patient safety is a 'big deal' in healthcare. In addition, they will be exposed to the factors that contribute to the occurrence of patient safety events in the healthcare setting and supported to develop the requisite skills/competencies such as risk management to avert their occurrence. Overall, participants will be empowered, motivated and able to identify deviations from desired patient safety outcomes and initiate and design innovative interventions to improve the quality of care they provide.

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