Do we always care about safety? Don’t we tend to ignore it many a times? Ignorance in patient safety can have dire consequences!! Read on...
Patient Safety-Making Healthcare Safer
Hospital is a place where sick people come in the hope of getting proper care and treatment. But, sometimes healthcare setups can in turn pose a threat when certain precautions are not taken. To create awareness on this, every year 9th of December is dedicated as ‘World patient safety Day’.
What is Patient Safety?
Patient safety is the absence of a preventable harm to the patient during any health care process. Also it emphasizes on reduction of unnecessary risks associated with health care to minimal levels.
Why is it a Concern?
Is patient safety a matter of huge concern? Many of us might have this question. The answer is YES! The stats speak out loud and clear:
lAround 1 in 10 patients are harmed while receiving health care.
lErrors in medication cost an estimated 4200 crore annually
lApproximately 4.3 crore incidences related to patient safety occurs every year
What are the Probable Patient Safety Issues?
lDiagnostic errors (wrong or delayed diagnosis)
lInfections obtained during health care
lRe-admissions (patient returns to hospital in less than 30 days of discharge)
lSurgery at wrong site
lLack of communication (improper communication between patient and doctor)
Safety is a choice you make!
Here are few tips for the patients to ensure safety of oneself.
lAssist the hospital staff to ensure that your personal data (patient history) is accurate.
lAsk questions or doubtsthat you have about diagnosis.
lSeek a second opinion on a medical condition in case of any doubt.
lAsk the doctor about the pros and cons of any medical procedurethat is suggested.
Here are few things that needs to be taken care of to ensure the safety of patient as well others surrounding the patient.
lHand Hygiene- Wash and sanitize hands frequently while handling a patient
lGloves-Wearing gloves while coming in contact with a patient
lFacial protection-Use of surgical mask or face shield while interacting with a patient
lNeedles-Proper Disposal of used needles and sharps
lPatient care equipment- Disinfection of reusable equipments before every use
lDisposal of wastes- Proper disposal of biomedical wastes
lEtiquettes- cover nose/ mouth while sneezing or coughing
Safety comes first! And thus, should be placed before anything else while handling any patient!