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The Hong Kong Medical Association responds to
World Patient Safety Day and calls for attention to medication safety
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[1] HA Risk Alert Issue 66 (Jul 2022):



                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       16 September 2022

The Hong Kong Medical Association responds to World Patient Safety Day and

calls for attention to medication safety


Starting in 2019, the World Health Organization (WHO) has designated 17 September annually as World Patient Safety Day. Objectives of the day are to enhance global understanding of patient safety, increase public engagement in health care safety, and promote global action to prevent and reduce avoidable harm in health care.


The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has significantly exacerbated the risk of medication errors and associated medication-related harm; hence, "Medication Safety" has been selected as the theme for this year. In fact, medication errors are one of the main causes of avoidable medication-related harm; WHO estimates that US $42 billion of annual global health spending can be avoided if medication errors are prevented.


Thanks to our professional medical and healthcare staff, the medication incident rate in Hong Kong has been low. However, medication errors still occur from time to time. According to the Hospital Authority (HA), around 80 medication errors were recorded last year[2]. In this regard, the Hong Kong Medical Association (HKMA) appeals to all medical staff to stay vigilant and implement the WHO's call to action "know, check, ask" to enhance medication safety. The HKMA also plans to arrange a series of continuing medical education activities to boost doctors' acknowledgement and practice of safe medication.


As the most significant stakeholder in medication safety, it is important for patients to be cautious at all times, such as taking medicines as prescribed and refusing to take unknown drugs. Dr. Cheng Chi-man, President of the HKMA, noted: "First of all, you have to know the medicines prescribed, their effects, side effects and the usage. Secondly, check your medications carefully. Very often, people under long-term medication mix up different kinds of drugs and the dosage, or not sticking to the medication routine, especially elders who have loads of drugs on hand. There are ways to help you ensure the right amount and time of medication. For example, you may use a pill case with multiple compartments to organize the kind and dose of medicines you need at different times of the day. This can help to avoid errors. Thirdly, always ask your doctor when you have any doubts. Don’t believe in advertisements claiming that certain medicine have no side effects, or one can take different medicines with two-hour interval. All in all, remember to ask if you’re not sure, medication safety prevents patients from harm.”


WHO has also produced several campaign materials for World Patient Safety Day this year. Interested healthcare workers and the public can visit to learn more information about patient safety.



[2] HA Risk Alert Issue 66 (Jul 2022):




Notes to editors: The Hong Kong Medical Association, founded in 1920, aims to bring together Hong Kong's government, institutional, university and private medical practitioners for an effective exchange of views and co-ordination of efforts.  The foremost objective of the Association is to safeguard and promote public health.  The Association speaks collectively for its members and aims to keep its members abreast of medical ethics, issues and advances around the world.  In fulfilling these goals, the association hopes to better serve the people of Hong Kong.


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