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 December 09, World Patient Safety Day
Update: 2010-12-08

December 9th, every year, marks the World Alliance for Patient Safety Day. The World Health Organization (WHO) launched this Alliance day in 2005 to increase the awareness of unsafe healthcare. The purpose of Patient Safety Day is to revolutionize high level support and commitment to tackle patient safety issues in all parts of the world. Let us educate ourselves on patient safety and issues related to it, on this day.

What is patient safety?

Patient safety is a healthcare discipline that emphasizes the reporting, analysis, and prevention of medical errors that often lead to adverse healthcare events. As per statistical reports, healthcare errors impact 1 in every 10 patients around the world. Therefore, the World Health Organization (WHO) calls patient safety an endemic concern.

What does patient safety involve?

Patient safety information is derived from the available medical literature and the clinical researches conducted. This includes:
  • Application of lessons learned from business and industry
  • Adoption of innovative technologies
  • Education of the providers as well the consumers
  • Improvement of the error reporting systems
  • Development of new economic incentives

What can a patient do for his/her own safety?

Some of the steps that you can take to help get safer healthcare are:
  • Make sure that your name is rightly spelt on all the medical files and lab reports
  • Ask questions to your doctor or medical staff if you have doubts or concerns regarding the medications or any medical procedure
  • If you do not follow the details provided, take a relative or friend to help you ask questions and understand the answers
  • Ake sure that you understand the pros and cons of the surgery if you need one
  • Tell your doctors or therapist about all the medicines you take (including over-the-counter drugs and dietary supplements)
  • Also give details about the allergies you have, the diseases you have suffered from earlier or any surgery that you may have previously undergone
  • If you are not sure about the medical advice given, get a second opinion about the treatment options
  • Report any adverse effects you develop after taking medicines to your treating physician
  • If you have a health insurance policy, discuss it with your doctor
  • Always maintain a copy of your own health records
Patient safety is the fundamental principle of high quality healthcare. There is always a certain degree of inherent risk to the patientís safety during the healthcare process. Involving yourself fully in your own treatment will help you protect yourself from such risks to a greater extent. It will also make you aware of the shortcomings, if any, on behalf of the medical fraternity in the process of delivering their services. Thus, awareness and involvement in patient safety can save you and your loved ones from the ordeal that arises out of medical errors.
Article Source: Health izen
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