Patient safety has been increasingly recognized as an issue of global importance. To overcome this issue,Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Government of India has taken an initiative for patient safety by introducing National Patient Safety Implementation Framework (2018-2025)(NPSIF)which positions patient safety as fundamental element of healthcare. NPSIF is intended to be adopted by both, public and private, sectors to address the various issues arising while providing qualitative healthcare services.
Patient safety – It 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.
NPSIF deals with:
Goal & Scope:
The goal of the NPSIF is to improve patient safety at all levels of health care across all modalities of health care provision, including prevention, diagnosis, treatment and follow up within overall context of improving quality of care and progressing towards UHC (Universal Health Coverage) in coming decade.
The scope of patient safety applies to all national programmes and envisages collaboration of wide range of national international stakeholders both within and outside health sector. NPSIF applies to national and sub-national levels as well as to public and private sectors.
Strategic Objective 1: To improve structural systems to support quality and efficiency of healthcare and place patient safety at the core at national, subnational and healthcare facility levels.
Strategic Objective 2: To assess the nature and scale of adverse events in healthcare and establish a system of reporting and learning.Strategic Objective 3: To ensure a competent and capable workforce that is aware and sensitive to patient safety.
Strategic Objective 4: To prevent and control health-care associated infections.
Strategic Objective 5: To implement global patient safety campaigns and strengthening Patient Safety across all programmes.
Strategic Objective 6: To strengthen capacity for and promote patient safety research.
Paramount provisions of NPSIF: