Patient Safety

                                                                       PATIENT SAFETY

An estimation from WHO shows that 1 out of 10 patients are harmed as result of neglecting Patient safety the ratio is even pathetically worst in developing and underdeveloped (3rd world countries) like India and African countries . The poor literacy rates and lack of proper training programs in place for the hospitals, and by the hospitals to their staff.
Hospitals and clinics play a major role in implementing Patient Safety measures that effects the mortality rate in India, harm caused by the health care system itself has turned to be a major concern in even in metropolitan cities like Hyderabad ,Delhi, Bangalore etc . December 9, every year, marks the World Alliance for Patient Safety Day. The World Health Organization (WHO) launched this Alliance day in 2005 to increase the awareness of unsafe healthcare. The purpose of Patient Safety Day is to revolutionize high level support and commitment to tackle patient safety issues in all parts of the world. Let us educate ourselves on patient safety and issues related to it.

Safety comes first:

It starts from picking the right mode to commute. Now a day’s, advancements in ambulance services available for patients in critical to normal conditions and Indian traffic has turned out as major hindrance to reach the hospital on time safely. Hence the drivers should be well aware of local maps and roads of the city.
After reaching the hospitals, a Delay in diagnosis as shortage of doctors, infections caused due to hospitalization due lack of sanity , wrong medication due to lack of specialists and improper communication with the patients and their attendants has caused a lot of negative impact on Patient safety .
Adverse drug reactions (ADRs):
Medication taken incorrectly, wrong dosage, active ingredients injected at the wrong site or a combination of various medicinal products with unfavorable interaction. The consequences range from minor health disorders down to the death of patients. ADRs are responsible for five percent of all hospital admissions and for around two percent of the people affected have a fatal outcome. Older patients suffer more frequently from ADRs,

Besides the damage to patients’ health, the knock-on costs of medication errors place a burden on the healthcare system too.
Points for safety :
Hand Hygiene: Wash/ sanitize your hands frequently while providing any kind of care to the patients.
Gloves: Wear gloves while coming in contact with the patient.
Facial Protection: Wear a surgical, eye wear or face shield while treating the patient.
Linen: Proper sterilization of linen before every use
Needles: Dispose the contaminated needles after every use.
Patient care equipment: Clean and disinfect the reusable equipments before using it for another patient.
Dispose of the waste: Ensure proper disposal of biomedical waste (waste produced in the hospital).
Etiquettes: Cover the nose/mouth while coughing / sneezing. Use a tissue/ handkerchief.


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