Patient Safety initiative for better healthcare

czerwiec 25, 2015

New proposals and new approaches to address one of the main threats in healthcare systems



In developed countries, 1 in 10 patients is harmed while receiving hospital care. 1.4 million people worldwide suffer from infections acquired in hospitals. As studies show, additional hospitalization, litigation costs, and lost income have cost institutions worldwide between 6 and 29 Billion USD a year.

The Patient Safety Initiative focuses on five pillars of patient safety – where Philips can be impactful through our products and solutions:


  • Hospital-Acquired Infections (HAIs) – At any given time, nearly a million and a half people around the world are fighting off an infection acquired in a hospital.
  • Sepsis – Despite advances in modern medicine, the number of sepsis cases in both developed and developing countries continues to rise dramatically. Sepsis occurs when a body’s response to an infection damages its own tissues and organs. If not treated promptly, sepsis can be life-threatening.
  • Alarm Hazards – Alarm signal totals can range from 500 to 5,000 or more in a 24-hour period for a given hospital unit, with more than 10 percent of a nurse’s total working day spent responding to them.
  • Patient Deterioration – Adverse events in healthcare appear to be responsible for 44,000 to 98,000 accidental deaths and over one million excess injuries each year. Some 40 percent of unanticipated deaths in hospitals occur in the General Ward. Most of the preventable deaths present physiological instability hours in advance, which could have been detected.
  • Sudden cardiac arrest – In Europe, approximately two thirds of out-of-hospital sudden deaths are caused by cardiac diseases. Survival is 50% when defibrillation is performed immediately, decreasing gradually to 0% when there is a delay time of 20 minutes or more.


Philips has a lot to say here. The company has strong differentiators around Patient Safety themes. Philips is marketing state-of-the-art technology providing proven clinical and financial benefits and Philips’ professionals are highly qualified people, who can deeply transform some of the main healthcare system drains. The company’s Patient Safety Initiative objectives are:

  •   Bring experts from across Philips together and utilize their knowledge, skills and expertise to make a tangible impact on our healthcare systems
  •   Work together with public institutions, foundations, associations and KOLs to jointly develop action plans and address a problem that has been damaging our societies for decades
  •   Enable PCMS to be part of the decision making process, improving awareness, consideration and preference among main influencers and key decision makers

Only through collaboration will we manage to have a voice and vote in the transformation of healthcare systems!

Five key areas in patient safety