WHO Reports On Medical Errors

According to the World Health Organization, healthcare errors affect one out of every ten patients worldwide. Based on this alarming trend, the World Health Organization prepared patient safety checklists to help professional healthcare providers avoid simple medical mistakes. By following the “Nine Patient Safety Solutions,” the organization hopes to see substantial medical error rate reductions. The the nine safety solutions relate to the following:

1. Look-alike, sound-alike medication names;2. patient identification;

3. communication during patient hand-overs;

4. performance of correct procedure at correct body site;

5. control of concentrated electrolyte solutions;

6. assuring medication accuracy at transitions in care;

7. avoiding catheter and tubing misconnections;

8. single use of injection devices; and

9. improved hand hygiene to prevent health care-associated infection.

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