Singapore General Hospital Makes Commitment to Patient Safety Movement Foundation

IRVINE, Calif. – November 10, 2016

Singapore General Hospital (SGH), the first and largest hospital in the Republic of Singapore, has made a commitment toward achieving the Patient Safety Movement Foundation’s (PSMF) goal of zero preventable deaths by 2020. Singapore General Hospital’s new system of written consent forms for blood transfusions will protect patient safety by reducing the number of unnecessary blood transfusions.

Owned by the government of Singapore, Singapore General Hospital is the flagship hospital of the country’s public healthcare system, serving over one million patients each year. Beginning October 2016, SGH is adopting a modified written consent form for the transfusion of blood and blood products to ensure that blood transfusions are only given when the clinical benefits to the patient are likely to outweigh the potential risks, including acute hemolytic reactions and transfusion-transmitted infections (Malaria, dengue, Zika virus, variant Creutzfeldt Jacob disease, hepatitis, HIV, etc).

“We are very excited to have such an illustrious institution as Singapore General Hospital participate in our Patient Safety Movement,” said Joe Kiani, Founder of the Patient Safety Movement Foundation. “Fully communicating all potential risks a patient may face, and properly recording consent of all parties involved, before administering any kind of medical procedure is essential in establishing an environment of total transparency and protecting patient safety. We hope Singapore General Hospital’s commitment helps encourage other major healthcare providers to step forward and model the importance of taking action and placing patient safety first.”

“Singapore General Hospital is proud to become part of the Patient Safety Movement,” said Yew-Weng Chan, Associate Professor of Anesthesiology at Singapore General Hospital. “By instituting a more rigorous system of written consent for blood transfusions, we expect to see a decrease in the number of patients receiving transfusions of blood and blood products , and hence a reduction in transfusion-related complications and possible infections. We believe this will be translated to decreased preventable morbidity and mortality.”

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