The Hidden Complexity of Implementing Patient Safety Goals. Part I

October 28, 2021

The International Patient Safety Goals (IPSG) are widely known around the world, but their implementation is uneven. Based on IFC’s quality assessments in developing markets, nearly every second hospital has used wrong patient identifiers, only five percent of hospitals have carried out hand hygiene programs fully, and none have executed fall prevention cohesively. Many practical questions arise as medical facilities struggle with comprehensive IPSG implementation:

  • Can bed/ward numbers be a reliable patient identifier?
  • Can hand disinfection replace handwashing?
  • How to screen out-patients for fall risk?


  • Dr. Ashraf Ismail, Chairman, General Authority for Healthcare Accreditation and Regulation, GAHAR
  • Joseph Williamson, DMS, Maternal-Fetal Sonologist, Healthcare Quality Consultant, IFC
  • Faith Muigai, CEO and Founder, BridgeWell Health
  • Julia Khalimova, Healthcare Quality, and Patient Safety Expert, IFC

This webinar covers the following patient safety goals:

  • Identify patients correctly
  • Hand hygiene
  • Preventing falls