National Patient Safety Implementation Framework - India

Patient safety is a fundamental element of health care and is defined as a freedom for a patient from unnecessary harm or potential harm associated with provision of health care. Patient safety represents one of quality of care dimensions alongside accessibility, acceptability, effectiveness, efficiency and people-centeredness. It encompasses different aspects that are crucial to delivering quality health services. It is about safe surgical care and safe childbirth, it is about injection safety, blood safety, medication safety, medical device safety, safe organ, tissue and cell transportation and donation. It is also about bio-medical waste management, prevention of healthcare associated infections and much more. Failure to deliver safe care is attributed to unsafe clinical practices, unsafe processes and poor systems and processes.