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IFBLS Position Paper - Patient Safety

The World Health Organization identified patient safety as a global health priority in 2002.1 This goal was reaffirmed in 2019, with detailed recommendations for global action to improve patient safety.2

The foundation of patient safety is 'First do no harm'. Improving patient safety requires preventing and reducing errors, and constantly mitigating and avoiding unsafe acts. Patient safety requires that health care delivery is safe, effective, patient-centered, timely, efficient and equitable.3 Safe healthcare delivery requires all healthcare professionals to assure quality processes and use evidence in their practice, continuously improve processes, incorporate current information technology, work in interprofessional teams to deliver patient (person)-centered care.4

IFBLS recommends that the education and training of Biomedical Laboratory Scientists comprises both tertiary education and a minimum supervised clinical laboratory experience to achieve the required standard of practice in order to carry out the following key aspects of their role; to promote safe, effective, efficient, timely, patient-centered and equitable clinical laboratory services to support diagnosis, treatment and health care for patients.

It is the position of IFBLS that:

Biomedical Laboratory Scientists are responsible for ensuring the safety of each step of the laboratory testing process by: 

Biomedical Laboratory Scientists are responsible for the effectiveness of laboratory testing by: 

Biomedical Laboratory Scientists are responsible for improving the efficiency of laboratory testing in all settings by:

Biomedical Laboratory Scientists are responsible for ensuring the timeliness of laboratory testing in all settings by:

Biomedical Laboratory Scientists are responsible for equity in the delivery of laboratory testing services by:

Biomedical Laboratory Scientists are responsible for providing laboratory testing services that are patient-centered by:

 

References:

  1. World Health Organization. Patient safety: a global health priority. Retrieved from: http://apps.who.int/gb/archive/pdf_files/WHA55/ewha5518.pdf?ua=1&ua=1
  1. World Health Organization. Global action on patient Safety. Retrieved from: http://apps.who.int/gb/ebwha/pdf_files/WHA72/A72_R6-en.pdf?ua=1
  1. Committee on Quality of Health Care in America. Institute of Medicine. Crossing the quality chasm: a new health system for the 21st century. Washington, DC: National Academies Press; 2001.
  2. Committee on the Health Professions Summit. Institute of Medicine. Health Professions Education, a Bridge to Quality. Washington, DC; National Academies Press; 2003.

 

IFBLS Position Paper on Patient Safety was adopted by the IFBLS GAD 2020

View the IFBLS Position Paper on Patient Safety (2020)