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Patient Safety : 

Patient Safety Tens of millions of patients suffer disabling injuries or death every year due to unsafe medical care. Behind these numbers lie the stories of devastated lives, not to mention the billions of dollars that are spent on prolonged hospitalizations, loss of income, disability care and litigation, resulting from unsafe care.

Patient safety is the absence of preventable harm to a patient during the process of health care. : 

The discipline of patient safety is the coordinated efforts to prevent harm, caused by the process of health care itself, from occurring to patients. Over the past ten years, patient safety has been increasingly recognized as an issue of global importance, but much work remains to be done. Patient safety is the absence of preventable harm to a patient during the process of health care.

Clean Care is Safer Care : 

Infection control is acknowledged universally as a solid and essential basis for the attainment of patient safety, contributing to a significant, measurable reduction in the burden of disease attributable to health care associated infections. Clean Care is Safer Care

Clean Care is Safer Care : 

Clean Care is Safer Care

Safe Surgery Saves Lives : 

The goal of the second Global Patient Safety Challenge is to improve the safety of surgical care in all health‐care settings. The WHO Surgical Safety Checklist improves compliance with standards and decreases the incidence of complications. Safe Surgery Saves Lives

Of the more than 230 million patients who undergo surgery each year, 7 million suffer a disabling complication, and one million die (Weiser 2008). These numbers are substantial, and through the WHO Surgical Safety Checklist, the issues surrounding safe surgery are at last receiving attention on the international stage. : 

Of the more than 230 million patients who undergo surgery each year, 7 million suffer a disabling complication, and one million die (Weiser 2008). These numbers are substantial, and through the WHO Surgical Safety Checklist, the issues surrounding safe surgery are at last receiving attention on the international stage.

Look‐Alike, Sound‐Alike Medication Names : 

Confusing drug names is one of the most common causes of medication errors and is a worldwide concern. With tens of thousands of drugs currently on the market, the potential for error created by confusing brand or generic drug names and packaging is significant. Look‐Alike, Sound‐Alike Medication Names

Patient Identification : 

The widespread and continuing failures to correctly identify patients often leads to medication, transfusion and testing errors; wrong person procedures; and the discharge of infants to the wrong families. Patient Identification

Communication During Patient Hand‐Over : 

Gaps in hand‐over (or hand‐off) communication between patient care units, and between and among care teams, can cause serious breakdowns in the continuity of care, inappropriate treatment, and potential harm for the patient. The British Medical Association reccomends handover information to be ‘Fit for Purpose’, to be sufficient and relevant to be exchanged to ensure patient safety, It should be accurate and timely, It should have the minimum data required for a handover, the data is to be validated and since the information has to be passed on, one has to ensure that the data is reliable and continues to maintain its accuracy as its passed on. Communication During Patient Hand‐Over

Communication During Patient Hand‐Over : 

Communication During Patient Hand‐Over

Performance of Correct Procedure at Correct Body Site : 

Considered totally preventable, cases of wrong procedure or wrong site surgery are largely the result of miscommunication and unavailable, or incorrect, information. A major contributing factor to these types of errors is the lack of a standardized preoperative process. Performance of Correct Procedure at Correct Body Site

Control of Concentrated Electrolyte Solutions : 

While all drugs, biologics, vaccines and contrast media have a defined risk profile, concentrated electrolyte solutions that are used for injection are especially dangerous. Control of Concentrated Electrolyte Solutions

Assuring Medication Accuracy at Transitions in Care : 

Medication errors occur most commonly at transitions. Medication reconciliation is a process designed to prevent medication errors at patient transition points. Assuring Medication Accuracy at Transitions in Care

Avoiding Catheter and Tubing Mis‐Connections : 

The design of tubing, catheters, and syringes currently in use is such that it is possible to inadvertently cause patient harm through connecting the wrong syringes and tubing and then delivering medication or fluids through an unintended wrong route. Avoiding Catheter and Tubing Mis‐Connections

Single Use of Injection Devices : 

One of the biggest global concerns is the spread of Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV), the Hepatitis B Virus (HBV), and the Hepatitis C Virus (HCV) because of the reuse of injection needles. Single Use of Injection Devices

Improved Hand Hygiene to Prevent Health Care‐ Associated Infection (HAI) : 

It is estimated that at any point in time more than 1.4 million people worldwide are suffering from infections acquired in hospitals. Effective hand hygiene is the primary preventive measure for avoiding this problem. Improved Hand Hygiene to Prevent Health Care‐ Associated Infection (HAI)

Patient safety forum : 

Kemu/mayo hospital. Lahore Patient safety forum

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