In this blog, Sehaaonline marks World Patient Safety Day 2022. It outlines the scope of avoidable harm in healthcare, what needs to change to ensure a patient-safe future, and considers this year's World Patient Safety Day theme, 'Medication Without Harm.'
Today marks the fourth annual World Patient Safety Day. The World Health Organization (WHO) established this day in 2019 to help improve understanding of patient safety and engage the public in this, promoting actions to improve safety and reduce avoidable harm.
Impact of Unsafe Care And Patient Safety
The NHS defines patient safety as "the avoidance of unintended or unexpected harm to people while providing healthcare." The WHO expands on this, adding "continuous improvement based on learning from errors and adverse events".
So, how serious is avoidable harm in healthcare?
According to the WHO, unsafe care is one of the top ten causes of death and disability worldwide. It is a massive problem with devastating consequences for patients all over the world:
1. Every year, over 3 million people die due to unsafe care.
2. It is expected to cost the global economy $383.7 billion by 2023.
This has untold physical and emotional consequences for those affected, as well as a loss of trust in healthcare systems by patients. It also is a loss of morale and frustration in the healthcare industry for not being able to provide the best care. The G20 Health and Development Partnership dubbed it "the overlooked pandemic."
A Step Towards Improvement
In the 1980s and 1990s, many initiatives were taken under consideration to improve patient safety. It was becoming a cause of concern. Organizations tried to understand the causes of unsafe care and the actions required to reduce them.
But despite the good work, avoidable harm in healthcare remains a persistent and widespread issue.
With Patient Safety Learning we get to know the main causes of unsafe care and address the underlying system issues.
Transformational approach is needed to make the changes. We need to keep patient safety as core to the purpose of health and social care, not one of the several competing priorities.
We have compiled the 6 foundations of safe care for patient safety-
1. Shared Learning
Organizations should set and deliver learning goals, report on progress, and share their insights for action.
For patient safety, we emphasize the importance of overall leadership and governance.
3. Professionalizing Patient Safety
Recognizing the importance of developing and implementing organizational standards and accreditation for patient safety. Regulators must use these to inform their assessment of safe care.
4. Patient Engagement
To ensure that patients are valued and actively involved in patient safety.
5. Data Insight
Improved quantitative and qualitative measurement and reporting of patient safety performance.
6. Just Culture
All organizations should publish goals and implement programs to eliminate blame and fear, establish or deepen a Just Culture, and track and report progress.
Tips To Protect From Hospital Infections
Patients may contract infections in healthcare facilities while being treated for different conditions. During your hospital stays, you may develop a healthcare-associated illness (HAI), such as a blood or urinary tract infection (UTI) (urinary tract infection). Because of poor hygiene or incorrect use or reuse of equipment, healthcare practices can expose you to germs that can spread from patient to patient in the clinical setting.
Infections are not limited to hospitals. We can't ignore the infections that come from dialysis centers and emergency rooms (outpatient departments).
Over ten years, thirty cases of hepatitis B and C were reported from these outpatient clinics. On average, there are three cases per year. Worse, they have the capability of being lethal. These infections can be devastating- emotionally, financially, and medically.
Tips to protect from HAI
1. Always keep your hands clean. Hand washing is one of the most effective ways to kill germs, avoid getting sick, and prevent illnesses from spreading.
2. Consult your doctor before taking the Antibiotics. If antibiotics are required, strictly adhere to the instructions.
3. Be on the lookout for the letter C. D. difficile bacteria. It can cause fatal diarrhea. Call your doctor if you've had three or more bouts of diarrhea in the last 24 hours with antibiotics.
4. Keep an eye out for infection symptoms and associated complications, such as sepsis. Do not put off getting help. Contact your doctor if you suspect an infection or if your existing illness is not improving or worsening.
5. Catheter should be checked with the doctor for cleaning.
6. Inquire with your doctor about ways to avoid infections during surgery. Also, ask how you can reduce your risk of infection while preparing for surgery.
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Make September 17th, 2022, World Patient Safety Day to be remembered for its effective measures to improve hospitality and reduce healthcare mistakes. In turn, provide more hospitality and security to future generations. Raise awareness about medical necessities and raise the next generation to be healthy and happy!