Sunday, 19 October 2014

What is Patient Safety?

Patient Safety refers to Healthcare and relates to Doctors, Nurses, Dentists, Healthcare Assistants and all other Multiple Disciplinary Group Members.

The World Health Organisation (WHO) defines Patient Safety as:

Patient safety

The simplest definition of patient safety is the prevention of errors and adverse effects to patients associated with health care. While health care has become more effective it has also become more complex, with greater use of new technologies, medicines and treatments. Health services treat older and sicker patients who often present with significant co-morbidities requiring more and more difficult decisions as to health care priorities. Increasing economic pressure on health systems often leads to overloaded health care environments.

Patient Safety is paramount and whether it is in a hospital or clinic setting, public or private it is extremely important that the patient feels safe and comes to no harm during any procedure or treatment. 

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