With an objective of spreading the awareness on patient safety among healthcare professionals in Nepal and to develop a comprehensive patient safety framework for the country from the inputs of national and international panellists, Nepal Mediciti in association with government of Nepal and GTA along with technical assistance from WHO has organised the two day international patient safety conference in Kathmandu.
The emphasis was given on identification of the simple solution with a big impact on patient safety. The recommendations and solutions were then challenged by national moderators of the session if they found it's not feasible in Nepal. one of the objectives of this conference was to come out with recommendations on enhancement of patient safety in Nepal, which are the part of this paper. The major snapshots are- Lots of patients are getting harmed in Nepal due to the medical error. Overstressed medical staff, lack of resources, lack of awareness about patient safety has been identified as some of the factors responsible. The solution is to first act on low hanging fruits and then go further. A clearly defined patient safety plan need to be drafted by a multidisciplinary committee along with formulation of patient safety action force, in the initial phase, simple solutions with big impact should be implemented with regular review and monitoring, followed by another phase in which the drafting of patient safety standards and accreditation body will take place. Some of the very simple solutions which will not be requiring much of the financial resources are implantation of checklists, hand hygiene, proper medication management and legible documentation, promotion of safe, emphasis on proper patient identification and prevention of fall. The ministry of health and population need to take a lead role otherwise the patient safety program will never be successful.