International Patient Safety Goals (IPSG)


Learn how to reduce risks and prevent harm to the patient. Ensure patient safety and high quality care.


What will you learn?

  •   Best practices to identify patients correctly
  •   Best practices to improve effective communication
  •   Best practices to prevent medication errors
  •   Best practices to ensure safe surgery
  •   Best practices to reduce risk of patient harm from fall
  •   Best practices to reduce risk of HAI


Do you want to provide error free and safe patient care?


If you want to learn the best practices that are necessary to implement the international patient safety goals (IPSGs) in the hospital, then you have come to the right place.

In this course you will learn about the six IPSGs:

1. Identify patient correctly
2. Improve effective communication
3. Prevent medication errors
4. Ensure safe surgery
5. Reduce risk of healthcare associated infections
6. Reduce risk of patient harm from fall

1. Identify patient correctly


Patient identification is the process of correctly matching patients to planned interventions on them. Learn the best practices to avoid patient misidentification before a procedure. Follow the guidelines outlined in the course to ensure proper side and/or site marking before surgery.

2. Improve effective communication


An effective communication between healthcare workers (HCWs) ensures prompt and safe patient care. Learn about the phone communication tools (For example: ISBAR) which help in conveying patient-related information in a correct and concise manner.

3. Prevent medication errors


Familiarise yourself with the medication administration workflow. Follow the best practices best practices to ensure medication safety – Ten rights, triple checks and correct documentation in the drug chart, that are outlined in this course.

4. Ensure safe surgery


An infection that occurs in a surgical patient at the site of operation is known as surgical site infection (SSI). Learn how to prevent surgical site infection by ensuring operating theatre (OT) asepsis. Also learn how to use WHO’s surgical safety checklist to ensure patient safety in the OT.

5. Reduce risk of healthcare associated infections


A healthcare associated infection (HAI) is an infection acquired by a patient in a hospital or any healthcare setting. Learn how to use a care bundle to reduce the risk of HAIs.

6. Reduce risk of patient harm from fall


Falls and fall-related injuries are a common and serious problem in hospitalised patients especially in case of children and older people. Learn how to perform fall risk assessment of a hospitalised patient. Ensure patient safety by adopting the fall prevention strategies that are outlined in this course.
To make the course more interesting, we have sprinkled it with videos. And we have also provided additional reading materials if you wish to gain more knowledge. We request you to make the best use of all the learning materials.
By the end of this course, we assure you that you will be able to become a patient safety champion in your hospital.
So, what are you waiting for?
Let’s start learning!


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