World Patient Safety Day 2017
In the past few years, healthcare has advanced significantly. Medical personnel across the world put in ever-increasing efforts to ensure that their patients receive the best of treatment and recover in a much shorter period of time. To credit this advancement and emphasize the role of patient safety practices in ensuring the same, World Patient Safety Day is observed on the 9th day of December every year. Here’s what you should know about it:
Why is World Patient Safety Day important?
Observing World Patient Safety Day is the perfect way to remind patients that they are safe in your hospital and medical establishment. It restores confidence in the staff and improves relationships between patients and the medical team. This is also a day of commemoration for those who have died due to medical errors. Of course, every medical procedure comes with a risk but if you involve yourself as fast as possible and maintain a certain level of consistency, you will be able to stop tragic errors later on.
How can medical professionals ensure patient safety?
- Doctors should have proper training on how to use medicines and refrain from over prescribing.
- Training support staff is equally important. Building a strong medical team reduces the risk of medical errors.
- Refrain from using abbreviations while writing prescriptions. There is too much room for misinterpretation.
- Adhering to Standard Operative Procedure (SOP) and maintaining proper infrastructure can help avoiding any harm to patient during hospitalisation.
- Understanding the patient’s needs and coding if required.
How can patients ensure that they get the best care?
- Don’t hesitate to ask any questions concerning your medical condition. If you don’t know much about the diagnosis given to you, ask as many questions as you want.
- Patients often miss out on minor yet important details while describing their symptoms to the doctor. This can lead to diagnostic errors. Try and get a friend or relative to accompany you on trips to the doctor. They might remember any symptom(s) that you may have forgotten.
- While speaking to the consultant, take a look at the pros and cons involved in any recommended medical procedure. Find out as much as you can, about which one is necessary and what needs to be done with different kinds of patients and conditions.