ETHA Celebrates World Patient Safety Day on 17 September

On 17 September, the European Thrombosis and Haemostasis Alliance (ETHA) joins the World Health Organization (WHO) and thousands of organizations around the world in an effort to magnify the importance of patient safety.

The objective of World Patient Safety Day is to raise global awareness about patient safety and to encourage global solidarity and action. As a condition that contributes to 1 in 4 deaths worldwide, thrombosis, also known as blood clots, must be addressed.

Prevention of thrombosis, an underlying pathology of heart attack, thromboembolic stroke, and venous thromboembolism (VTE), must be prioritised in the pursuit of upholding quality of care in essential health services.

Venous Thromboembolism (VTE) is a condition in which a blood clot forms most often in the deep veins of the leg, groin or arm (known as deep vein thrombosis, DVT) and travels in the circulation, lodging in the lungs (known as pulmonary embolism, PE). Together, DVT and PE are known as VTE – a dangerous, potentially deadly medical condition.

VTE is the leading cause of adverse events due to hospital admission globally and a significant burden of non-communicable disease. Its prevention is essential in moving together to build a healthier world.

ETHA recommends that WHO leadership consider adding confirmation of VTE prophylaxis by pharmacological and mechanical means to the Surgical Safety Checklist. This should be supplemented by a stronger focus on VTE in the medical and obstetric settings, as these non-surgical patients are at high risk too.

Join us this World Patient Safety Day!

To learn more about World Patient Safety Day, visit: https://www.who.int/patientsafety/en/.