With the hectic pace of everyday life and the added pressures of the COVID-19 pandemic, it may be easy to overlook or hurry past important tasks. There is a day to take a moment, slow down and remember the fundamental principle of medicine — First, do no harm.
That day is Thursday, Sept. 17 — World Patient Safety Day.
One of the objectives of World Patient Safety Day is to raise global awareness about the importance of health care worker safety and how it intertwines with patient safety.
Orange is the color of the day
According to the World Health Organization, or WHO, “the signature mark of the global campaign is to light up iconic monuments, landmarks and public places in the color orange. This will also be a gesture of respect and gratitude to all health workers.”