Patient Safety

New evidence of unsafe care from Latin America

ICN is pleased to share with you the results of the recent Latin American Study of Adverse Events (IBEAS).  The first large scale study of this kind in Latin America, the IBEAS is the result of a collaborative effort between the governments of Argentina, Colombia, Costa Rica, Mexico and Peru, as well as the Spanish Agency for Quality of the Ministry of Health, Social Policy and Equality, the Pan-American Health Organization and WHO Patient Safety.

Highlights of the report show that:

  • on any given day, 10% of the patients admitted to the participating hospitals were suffering from or were undergoing treatment for a hospital related adverse event;
  • this risk doubled when taking into account the entire patient's stay at the hospital, with 20% of inpatients experiencing at least one harmful incident during their hospitalization; 
  • more than half of those harmful incidents could have been avoided.

This evidence is a reflection of the reality of many other hospitals in transitional countries across the globe and it highlights the importance of addressing patient safety globally. 

The full report is available at:



New guide released by World Health Organisation to support the education of nurses and other health professionals about patient safety.

ICN was pleased to be part of the Expert Working Group that contributed to the development of the World Health Organisation's newly released Multi-professional Patient Safety Curriculum Guide. This guide was developed to assist universities and schools in the professions of medicine, nursing, midwifery dentistry and pharmacy in teaching and integrating the important concepts of patient safety in their curricula. The Guide is comprised of two parts, Part A is focused on building capacity of educators to teach the concepts of patient safety and Part B consists of eleven topic-based teaching modules. ICN President Rosemary Bryant in her forward to this Guide highlighted how nurses around the world have an important role to play in improving patient safety. She indicated that this guide raises awareness of the need to integrate patient safety into the curriculum of all health professionals and provides a common knowledge base while also allowing for flexibility for each discipline to make its unique contribution.

Last Updated on Monday, 31 October 2011 16:17