7th October 2022 – Jerudong Park Medical Center (JPMC) and Pantai Jerudong Specialist Centre (PJSC) held an event celebrating World Patient Safety Day, World Quality Week and World Pharmacists Day on October 7, 2022 at Pantai Jerudong Specialist Centre building in Jerudong.
Attending the event as the Guest of Honour was Yang Berhormat Dato Seri Setia Dr. Haji Mohd Isham bin Haji Jaafar, Minister of Health in his capacity as Chairman and Executive Director of JPMC and Deputy Chairman of PJSC, and Dr Mazrul Adimin bin Haji Awg Besar, Executive Director of PJSC, along with Senior Management Team of JPMC and PJSC. An opening remark was delivered by Jeffry Damit, Quality Assurance Manager of JPMC, sharing JPMC and PJSC’s quality and patient safety journey throughout the years. The event continued with an inspiring speech by Yang Berhormat Dato Seri Setia Dr. Haji Mohd Isham bin Haji Jaafar highlighting on the global concern of medication safety and the important role every healthcare professional play to ensure the safety of our patients.
“Unsafe medication practices and medication errors are a leading cause of injury and avoidable harm in healthcare systems across the world. Given that medication error is one of the primary causes of preventable deaths, a better point of view is needed to prevent mortality and morbidity.” as said by Yang Berhomat Dato Seri Setia Dr. Haji Mohd Isham.
All healthcare workers were urged to adopt a proactive approach to ensure medication safety rather than waiting for a mistake to occur or a patient injury to occur. Given the complexity of the healthcare system, it is imperative that all healthcare professionals, notably doctors, nurses, pharmacists, and other clinical support staff were advised to work together to find gaps in our healthcare system and encourage better use of medications.
The theme of this year’s World Patient Safety Day 2022 is ‘Medication Safety’ with the slogan ‘Medication Without Harm‘. As a call to action by the World Health Organization on medication safety for all healthcare workers: before you give it, know your medication, check you have the right patient, medicine, route, dose, time and ask your patient if they understand. For patients and carers, before you take it, know your medication, check the dose, time and ask your healthcare professional.