SCH to introduce mandatory patient safety course online

January 13, 2014 - 5:08:26 am

Dr Jamal Rashid Al Khanji, Director of Healthcare Quality and Patient Safety Department, and Dr Salih Al Marri, Assistant Secretary-General for Medical Affairs, SCH addressing the opening event yesterday. Abdul Basit

By Fazeena Saleem 

DOHA: The Supreme Council of Health (SCH) is preparing to introduce a mandatory study course on patient safety for all individuals entering the healthcare sector in the country, according to a senior official. 

The online course will be based on World Health Organisation’s (WHO) patient safety curriculum guide which provides knowledge on how to avoid medical errors and ensure patients’ rights, said Dr Jamal Rashid Al Khanji, Director of Healthcare Quality and Patient Safety Department at SCH. 

“With WHO we are planning to take the curriculum as the basic for a Qatar online patient safety course. The idea is that anyone who is entering Qatar’s healthcare service will have to do it to get licence,” he said at the launch of Qatar Patient Safety Week at the Ritz Carlton Doha yesterday. 

One in 10 patients seeking medical services in developed countries either get infected or sustain injures, according to international data. 

WHO launched the guide in 2009, and the Middle East launch of it was in 2012. Qatar was represented by SCH and Hamad Medical Corporation (HMC) in developing the regional curriculum. 

A national committee under SCH is looking at introducing the regional curriculum to the undergraduate curriculum in Qatar. 

“The curriculum will be introduced to several schools hopefully in future. We feel that it is going to play a major role in patient safety,” said Dr Al Khanji. 

“Patient safety in undergraduate education would make an important aspect, as it’s difficult to teach individuals who have worked for years and change the way they provide care,” he added. 

A mandatory contract will be signed between hospitals and SCH to ensure national standards in patient safety which will include details of compensation to the patient if a medical error occurs. Adding another segment to ensure patient safety WHO’s Safe Surgery Checklist will be implemented at all hospitals this April, said Dr Al Khanji. 

It identifies three phases of an operation, each corresponding to a specific period in the normal flow of work: Before the induction of anaesthesia, before the incision of the skin and before the patient leaves the operating room. In each phase, a checklist coordinator must confirm that the surgery team has completed the listed tasks before it proceeds with the operation.

The Qatar Patient Safety Week will be held on the third week of January each year, according to Dr Salih Al Marri, Assistant Secretary-General for Medical Affairs, SCH. SCH holds week-long events to educate healthcare professionals and raise awareness about the role they could play in patient safety. The Peninsula