Patient Safety-Making Healthcare Safer

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.  T 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 42 00 crore annually

    lApproximately 4 .crore incidences related to patient safety occurs every year

    What are the Probable Patient S afety Issues?

    lDiagnostic errors ( wrong or delayed diagnosis)

    lInfections obtained during health care

    lMedication errors

    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 procedure that is suggested.

    Universal Precautions

    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!

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