The Saudi Patient Safety Center launches the National Patient Safety Platform "SAWTAK" in conjunction with the 1st World Patient Safety Day
September 17th, 2019 marks the first celebration of the World Patient Safety Day, after being adopted by the World Health Organization (WHO) as a reference to the importance of patient safety globally with the slogan “Speak up for Patient Safety: Your Voice is Your Safety”. This coincides with the launch of the Saudi Patient Safety Center - SAWTAK, the National Patient Safety Platform, which allows for the reporting of unexpected events in health care, as well as the dissemination of recommendations and suggestions to improve patient safety in healthcare facilities.
The Director General of the Saudi Patient Safety Center (SPSC), Dr. Abdulelah Al-Hawsawi, affirms that the National Patient Safety Platform "SAWTAK'' is a remarkable leap, as it is a platform that allows everyone to participate in the notification and follow-up using electronic applications, and provides all parties to follow-up and know the results, whether it is reporting events or submitting recommendations.
“During the celebrations of the World Patient Safety Day, the center is making great efforts to raise the culture of Patient Safety for ALL, by including health practitioners and the whole community through multiple programs in several cities within the Kingdom” stated Dr. Al-Hawsawi.
Saudi Arabia's great support to the cause of Patient Safety has come to light by the establishment of the Saudi Patient Safety Center, under the leadership of His Excellency Dr. Tawfiq Alrabiah, the Minister of Health, making it the official umbrella for national Patient Safety initiatives in the Kingdom. Furthermore, Saudi Arabia hosted the 4th Global Ministerial Patient Safety Summit on March 2019, with the presence of more than fifty countries under the patronage of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques and launched of the Jeddah Declaration on Patient Safety.
Moreover, the Saudi Patient Safety Center is holding various activities, in collaboration with different sectors, healthcare professionals and the community across the country to mark the 1st World Patient Safety Day.