September 17th, National Day of healthcare safety and assisted person

Promoted by the Ministry of Health, by the Conference of Regions and autonomous provinces, ISS, AIFA and AGENAS, the National Day of healthcare safety and assisted person is celebrated on September 17th.

The National Day was born in order to point out that healthcare safety is a constituent part of the right to health, and has been officially convened in our Country in accordance with the directions of World Health Organization regarding the World Patient Safety Day, with which aim is to raise awareness on the topic, remembering it with the symbolic orange lighting of national monuments of the individual member countries.

“The theme identified for the 2021 National day by the WHO is that of safe maternal and neonatal care – explains the Ministry of Health – According to the data from the World Health Organization, about 810 women die every day because of preventable causes related to pregnancy and childbirth. In addition, about 6700 babies die every day, equal to 47% of all deaths under the age of 5, and every year about 2 million children are stillborn, of which over 40% during labor”.

One of the initiatives is a workshop at the “Cosimo Piccinno” Auditorium of the Lungotevere Ripa headquarters, and the different actions at a regional level adopted in order to give maximum diffusion, for example, to birth path services, to the promotion of vaccination for women in pregnancy, safe maternal and neonatal care, to get to the simulator for neonatal resuscitation, to the promotion of vaccination 12-19 years, and the prevention of newborn falls in hospital and the indications for living the experience of safe maternity for mother and baby. 

As a reminder of the value of this initiative, the orange lighting of significant structures, buildings and monuments throughout the country, which from north to south will keep the attention on the care of the assisted person high. Among the various locations, the palace of the Lazio Region in Rome, the palace of the Lombardia Region in Milan, the fountain in Piazza de Ferrari in Genova, the Aymavilles Castle in Aosta, the Torre degli Sciri in Perugia, the Maggiore and Sant’Orsola hospitals in Bologna.