Patient Safety

Patient Safety is the prevention of errors and adverse effects to patients associated with healthcare. In an ideal world, no patients are harmed during healthcare. Yet, it is estimated that 1 over 10 patients is harmed during hospital admission1


Patient Safety

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    30-70% of patient safety events are preventable1

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    15% of hospital expenditure and activity in OECD countries can be attributed to treating safety failures1

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    Litigation cost 2% of the NHS budget in England2

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Voices of safety

At BD, we partner with regional patient safety associations to empower individuals to share these stories in our joint fight for better patient care.

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Beyond patient harm and associated cost, patient safety events impact the hospital image and reputation and staff efficiency.

The challenges lie in sustaining a culture of safety, in the implementation of evidence-based practice interventions and in communication and collaboration across departments.

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Healthcare-associated infections

Increased compliance to guidelines and standardised practices can help you decrease HAIs.

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Antimicrobial resistance

An integrated stewardship model with a holistic approach based on antimicrobial, infection prevention and diagnostic can help you fight antimicrobial resistance.

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The complete implementation of a sepsis bundle can help you lower the risk of mortality associated with sepsis by 31%.

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Medication errors

Standardisation medication processes, full traceability, automation and closed-loop medication management can help you prevent medication errors.

An open culture of safety and and a total systems approach are critical to improve Patient Safety3

"Human error is inevitable... It's at the system level where we have to prevent harm to the patient"
(Liam Donaldson, WHO World Health Alliance for Patient Safety)


With a unique portfolio of products and services and capabilities, BD supports you in: sustaining a culture of safety, preventing patient safety events across the entire patient journey, implementing safe, innovative, and optimized technology to improve patient safety, ensuring healthcare workers safety, reaching the metrics that reflects meaningful outcomes.

BD supports you in healthcare-associated infection prevention and treatment management

BD supports your sepsis diagnosis and treatment management

BD supports you in implementing antimicrobial stewardship programmes

BD supports you in reducing errors from diagnostics to drug administration

BD supports change and continuous quality improvement


Leaders at BD have contributed to a series of articles exploring themes relating to MedTech, healthcare, and Patient Safety. BD will continue to do its part in improving Patient Safety.

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    How integrated diagnostics will play a key role in the future

    Now we are so used to track-and-trace and data being readily available, it is hard to imagine a time when diagnostics were less well known. Read here about the work BD has done and will do and how a patient’s journey will benefit.

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    How Point of Care Testing will form part of everyday life through this COVID-19 response and beyond

    Patient Safety is an evident theme running through the response to the pandemic. Read here how BD wants to be part of the change which will come.

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    BD highlights importance of enduring partnership between HealthTech and government


    Working in the HealthTech and MedTech space puts BD in the right place to highlight to the government how Patient Safety can be considered.

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  1. Slawomirski L. The economics of patient safety. Strengthening a value-based approach to reducing patient harm at national level. Paris: OECD; 2017
  2. Christopher Wai Hung Yau, Bertie Leigh, Elisa Liberati,Daniel Punch, Mary Dixon-Woods, Tim Draycott, Clinical negligence costs: taking action to safeguard NHS sustainability, BMJ 2020;368:m552 doi: 10.1136/bmj.m552 (Published 2 March 2020)
  3. CQC Report, Opening the door to change 2018, AND Kohn LT, Corrigan JM, Donaldson MS, eds. To err is human: Building a safer health system. Washington, DC: National Academies Press; 1999)
  4. L Donaldon quote: (accessed June 2020)
  5. CDC 2011-2012
  6. Vincent J-L, Jones G, David S, Olariu E, Cadwell KK. Frequency and mortality of septic shock in Europe and North America: a systematic review and meta-analysis. Crit Care Lond Engl. 2019;23(1):196. doi:10.1186/s13054-019-2478-6