Change Day

What is Change Day?

Change Day is the day on which pledgers fulfill their pledges (made via the Change Day website) to improve the quality of health care services and activate the principles of patient safety and rights.

What is the Purpose of “Change Day”?

Through the Change Day initiative, HCAC aims to motivate all health care workers and institutions to pledge, before Change Day, to provide the best health care services through innovative and leading activities and events, then fulfill their pledges on the Day; which will contribute to the drive for elevating the quality of health care services provided throughout Jordan.

How is the Change Day initiative carried out this year?

By calling on all health care managers, workers and recipients of care, to make a pledge before 16/9/2021, whereby proposing innovative initiatives and activities beyond their day-to-day work routine; such that their pledges ensure the safety of health care workers, as the first line of defense, which will have a positive impact on the safety of patients, recipients of care and their families. These innovative pledges will be fulfilled on of the “Change Day” on 16/9/2021 in order to activate the principles of public safety in health care institutions in Jordan, particularly in times of crises.

Key Facts about Patient Safety, issued by WHO

  • The occurrence of adverse events due to unsafe care is likely one of the 10 leading causes of death and disability in the world.
  • In high-income countries, it is estimated that one in every 10 patients is harmed while receiving hospital care. The harm can be caused by a range of adverse events, with nearly 50% of them being preventable.
  • Each year, 134 million adverse events occur in hospitals in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs), due to unsafe care, resulting in 2.6 million deaths.
  • Another study has estimated that around two-thirds of all adverse events resulting from unsafe care, and the years lost to disability and death (known as disability adjusted life years, or DALYs) occur in LMICs.
  • Globally, as many as 4 in 10 patients are harmed in primary and outpatient health care. Up to 80% of harm is preventable. The most detrimental errors are related to diagnosis, prescription and the use of medicines.
  • In Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) countries, 15% of total hospital activity and expenditure is a direct result of adverse events.
  • Investments in reducing patient harm can lead to significant financial savings, and more importantly better patient outcomes. An example of prevention is engaging patients, if done well, it can reduce the burden of harm by up to 15%

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