Patient safety is one of the fundamental principles of healthcare system. Patient safety is a term used to refer various actions that has taken by the healthcare system to protect the patients from various medical errors such as infections, injuries or accidents and thus to ensure patient safety and quality of services.
Some studies show that around 440, 000 patients die due to the lack of patient care at hospitals. According to WHO 1 in 10 patients in developed countries are harmed during hospital care. Patient safety becomes more important as the healthcare system become more complex.
A weak healthcare system can be a contributing factor of patient harm during hospital stay. Poor leadership and management capacity make the entire healthcare system difficult to manage. Improper infrastructure and limited safety equipment also make the hospital stay unsafe for the patient. Properly trained clinical staff and sufficient medical supervision support to improve patient care.
Here are some possible ways to improve care of patient during hospital stay.
Collect accurate data and medical history from the patients before the treatments. Analyse whether the patient is allergic to any particular medicine. Keep the patients informed about their health condition. Clear the patient’s doubts related to the medicines and treatment procedure to avoid future conflicts. Encourage the patients to ask questions and involve them while choosing the treatment method. Discuss the pros and cons of the treatments with the patients additionally.
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