Patient safety in african health services: issues and solution: report of the regional Director
AbstractPatient 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.
Regional Committee for Africa, 58. (2008). Patient safety in african health services: issues and solution: report of the regional Director. World Health Organization. Regional Office for Africa. http://www.who.int/iris/handle/10665/19987
DescriptionRegional Committee for Africa, fifty-eighth session, Yaounde, Republic of Cameroon, 1–5 September 2008, provisional agenda item 7.6, 7 p.
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