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Title: Patient safety in african health services: issues and solution: report of the regional Director
Authors: Regional Committee for Africa, 58
Issue Date: 2008
Publisher: World Health Organization. Regional Office for Africa
Place of publication: Brazzaville
Language: English
Abstract: Patient safety practice refers to processes or structures which, when applied, reduce the probability of adverse events resulting from exposure to the health-care system across a range of diseases and procedures.1 It aims at making health care safer for both clients and staff. 2. Every patient has the right to be treated using the safest technology available in health facilities. This implies freedom from unnecessary or potential harm associated with health care. Therefore, all health-care professionals and institutions have obligations to provide safe and quality health care and to avoid unintentional harm to patients. 3. Medical errors could result in numerous preventable injuries and deaths. Adverse events have been estimated to occur in 4% to 16% of all hospitalized patients. More than half of these occur in surgical care, and more than half are preventable.2 Unsafe injections, blood and medicines are other important sources of patient harm worldwide.
Description: Regional Committee for Africa, fifty-eighth session, Yaounde, Republic of Cameroon, 1–5 September 2008, provisional agenda item 7.6, 7 p.
Subject: Patient Care
Safety Management
Patient Rights
Gov't Doc #: AFR/RC58/8
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