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Measuring progress on patient safety policies including prevention and control of healthcare associated infections at EU level

Health First Europe (HFE) has developed 11 policy indicators to measure progress on improving patient safety including prevention and control of healthcare associated infections at EU level. These indicators aim at guiding the debate on how to achieve better standards regarding patient safety, anti-microbial resistance and healthcare associated infections in Europe.

HFE believes that patient safety indicators can accelerate the implementation of EU Patient Safety policies by facilitating better uptake of best practices across EU member states. This would serve the purpose of striving towards high quality healthcare systems designed around the safety of patients.

Following the adoption of the European Council Recommendations (2009) on patient safety, including the prevention and control of healthcare associated infections patient safety in the EU, a number of organisations and EU institutions have looked at how current levels of safety can be measured and improved in the future.

However, despite such positive commitment, little has been done to set definitive and tangible targets for improving patient safety and quality of care. HFE is currently scrutinizing EU Member States to measure patient safety progress.

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CALL FOR ACTION

Health First Europe (HFE) calls on the European Commission and EU Member States to use effectively these 11 policy indicators to drive and foster the implementation of better standards regarding patient safety, anti-microbial resistance and healthcare associated infections in Europe.

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POLICY INDICATORS

Membership in HAI-Network (ECDC)

Patient safety policy

Surveillance and screening programmes

Implementation of WHO campaigns

Target setting

Incident reporting

Data gathering

Healthcare facility infrastructure

Education and training

Patient literacy and empowerment

Incentivising innovation in HAI/AMR reduction

Select the policy indicator below to evaluate the implementation of HFE PS indicators in several EU Member States.

IMPLEMENTATION BY EU MEMBER STATES

Italy 54%
Spain 54%
The Netherlands 54%
Belgium 63%
United Kingdom 73%
France 81%
Germany 81.8%

Policy indicators implementation by EU Member States (PDF)

Policy indicators implementation by Belgium, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, The Netherlands, United Kingdom (PDF)

References

National/regional systems for surveillance of healthcare-associated infections.

http://social-sante.gouv.fr/IMG/pdf/plan_antibiotiques_2011-2016_DEFINITIF.pdf

http://www.who.int/bulletin/volumes/89/1/11-030111/en/

Prudent use of antimicrobial agents in human medicine.

Awareness campaigns started in 2002.

Patient safety activities in France.

WHO Surgical Safety Checklist

Hand Hygiene

Current situation on specific targets at regional level.

http://ecdc.europa.eu/en/publications/Publications/healthcare-associated-infections-antimicrobial-consumption-point-prevalence-survey-long-term-care-facilities-2010.pdf

Reporting and Learning systems at regional and local level.

Reporting is mandatory for Healthcare Professionals and Voluntary for patients.

But in studies, some of which can be behind a paywall.

Check here at https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hospital-acquired_infection#France.

Overall data gathering system.

http://ecdc.europa.eu/en/publications/Publications/healthcare-associated-infections-point-prevalence-survey-long-term-care-facilities-2013.pdf

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2464964/

Patient safety has been mandatory for non-medical education for several years. It has been thoroughly reinforced lately in medical studies. In France there are also many projects in e-learning, simulation (some of them associating patients) developed either for basic or continuing education.

Paris Nord's website: http://www.cclinparisnord.org/Usagers/accueil/Acc.htm

England

Scotland

Wales

Patient Safety

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/the-uk-your-partner-for-patient-safety/the-uk-your-partner-for-patient-safety

HAI

AMR

https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/518895/PHE_AMR_resource_handbook.pdf

https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/244058/20130902_UK_5_year_AMR_strategy.pdf

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/health-matters-antimicrobial-resistance/health-matters-antimicrobial-resistance

PHE launches toolkit to manage hospital infections caused by antibiotic-resistant bacteria.

Analysis of UK long term care market

national action plan to contain the problem of AMR and promote the prudent use of antimicrobial agents.

HCAI

Health care associated infection operational guidance and standards for health protection units.

National Evidence-Based Guidelines for Preventing Healthcare-Associated Infections in NHS Hospitals in England.

Hand hygiene

Surgical site infections

Reporting incidents

http://www.hse.gov.uk/toolbox/managing/reporting.htm

http://www.hse.gov.uk/pubns/hsis1.pdf

https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/healthcare-associated-infections-hcai-guidance-data-and-analysis

http://www.gmc-uk.org/First_do_no_harm_patient_safety_in_undergrad_education_FINAL.pdf_62483215.pdf

http://www.hee.nhs.uk/our-work/hospitals-primary-community-care/learning-be-safer/commission-education-training-patient-safety

European Antibiotic Awareness Day and World Antibiotic Awareness Week

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European Commissioner for Health and Consumer Protection (1999-2004)

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