Patient Safety – Causes of Patients’ Death

Patient Safety - Causes of Patients' DeathToday, when technologies are developing so quickly that the human mind does not have time to study them, or even comprehend, the issue of security is relevant where it has not been raised before. For example, when smartphones were invented, no one seriously discussed their safety until they accidentally turned out to be a smartphone with a self-ignition function: the question had to be rethought in order to avoid spontaneous launch of a new function in a trouser pocket or, for example, on an airplane.

On the other hand, 1 out of 300 patients are at risk of injury while providing medical care. This is a very disturbing statistic. Moreover, it differs little from country to country: in the United States, mortality as a result of medical error takes the third place among all causes, after diseases of the circulatory system and cancer, ahead of the paralogy of the lungs and even injuries. As a result of medical errors in the United States, 250,000 people die each year, which is 9.5% of the total number of deaths.

According to estimates by the World Health Organization, in developed countries, the health of every 10th patient is injured during a hospital stay. And it’s not just about incorrect diagnoses or incorrect prescriptions of medications; there are cases when a patient simply did the wrong operation.

A safe hospital environment is an environment that best provides both the patient and the healthcare professional with the comfort conditions that effectively meet all of their vital needs.

Extent of harm to patients

Every year, millions of patients suffer or die as a result of unsafe or poor health care. There are a number of practices and risk factors that pose a major threat to patient safety and lead to significant increases in harm from unsafe health care. Below are examples of some of the most common mistakes that can cause harm to patients.

Patient safety is fundamental to universal health coverage.

Patient safety in the context of safe and high-quality health services is essential for strengthening health systems and successfully achieving de facto universal health coverage as part of the Sustainable Development Goal (Ensure healthy lives and promote health and well-being for all at all ages).

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