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Patient Safety Practices You Must Know

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Every one of us has been a patient suffering from some illness or other at some point of time in our lives and we seek medical treatment from hospitals; but are we aware of the safety measures to follow as a patient individually and by healthcare providers?

Patient Safety can become life threatening when safety precautions are not followed.

Here are some Patient Safety Measures you should know about health care.

 

Why is Patient Safety a concern?

According to WHO, one in every ten patients is affected by inadequate care. Errors and adverse events can harm the patient and put their safety in jeopardy. The complex technologically advanced healthcare system is posing Patient Safety challenges for the healthcare staff as well.

What are Patient Safety Issues?

Issues faced by Healthcare professionals include:
Diagnostic Errors | Hospital Acquired Infections | Errors in Medications | Re-admissions | Wrong-Site Surgery | Miscommunication

How can patients be responsible for their own safety?

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By assisting the hospital staff by sharing all the personal health data including any allergies and family history, accurately.

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By seeking clarification if in doubt about the diagnosis or medication. Seek a second opinion on your medical condition and diagnosis, if not satisfied.

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By finding out the pros and cons of the prescribed medical procedure or medication and their side effects.

General Precautions for Healthcare Professional, Patients and their Families:

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Practicing hand hygiene; sanitizing hands frequently

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Using gloves when coming in contact with the patient.

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Using facial protection while treating the patient (surgical mask, eye wear or face shield).

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Sanitizing linen before every use to prevent infection and diseases.

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Using disposable needles and disposing contaminated needles after every use.

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Disinfecting the reusable equipment before and after use.

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Disposing of the biomedical waste to prevent hospital infections.

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Covering the nose/mouth while coughing/sneezing with tissue paper or handkerchief – the general etiquette.

Disclaimer: This is not medical advice. The content is for educational purposes only. Please contact your doctor for any health care issues.

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