Patient safety: Everybody has the right to expect a safe environment of health care

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Intravenous literature: Tingle, J. (2012) The importance and urgency of addressing patient safety globally. British Journal of Nursing. 21(8), p.498-499.

Abstract:

Patient safety is a basic human right. Everybody has the right to expect a safe environment of health care. Sadly, however, the environment of health care is not always as safe as it could be and patients are harmed by the very system that is meant to help them. In developed countries, it is estimated that one in ten patients will be harmed while receiving hospital care. Having been widely reported in the media and elsewhere, the effects of these adverse incidents are well known and can include clinical negligence court cases, complaints, pain and suffering of the patient, anxiety and worry of health professionals and relatives, and the expenditure of putting things right.

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