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In Safe Hands

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In Safe Hands was originally launched in 2011 as a patient safety campaign by the Norwegian Ministry of Health. From 2014, the campaign continued as a five-year programme. The aim of the programme is to reduce patient harm. From 2019 the programme is Department of Quality Improvement and Patient Safety.

Goals and objectives

The overall aim of In Safe Hands is to reduce patient harm and improve patient safety in Norway. To accomplish this, three objectives have been defined:

  • Reduce preventable patient harm.
  • Establish lasting structures for patient safety.
  • Improve the patient safety culture in the health and care services.

Target Areas

A group of health care experts have identified several target areas where the potential for clinical improvements is significant and possible interventions are proven effective. The target areas are:

  • Safe surgery, with a particular focus on post-operative infections
  • Medication reconciliation 
  • Medication review in nursing homes 
  • Medication review in home care services 
  • Stroke treatment 
  • Prevention of pressure ulcer 
  • Prevention of urinary tract infection 
  • Prevention of central line infection 
  • Prevention of suicide in inpatient psychiatric units
  • Prevention of overdose deaths after discharge from an institution
  • Prevention of falls in healthcare institutions
  • Management of patient safety

Organisation

Department of Quality Improvement and Patient Safety and In Safe Hands is commissioned by The Norwegian Ministry of Health.

Should you have any inquiries, please do not hesitate to contact us: post@pasientsikkerhetsprogrammet.no,

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