Medical Errors and Health Care Related Infections Causing Majority Deaths: WHO

Medical Errors and Health Care Related Infections Causing Majority Deaths: WHO

On Thursday, World Health Organization showed big concern towards medical errors and the health care related infections, which have been the cause of death of millions of people till date.

Commenting on the above issue, WHO also said in its statement that going into a hospital, is far riskier than flying. "If you were admitted to hospital tomorrow in any country... your chances of being subjected to an error in your care would be something like 1 in 10. Your chances of dying due to an error in health care would be 1 in 300," Liam Donaldson, the WHO's newly appointed envoy for patient safety, told a news briefing. "It shows that health care generally worldwide still has a long way to go," he added.

In its statement, WHO also stated that it necessitates even patients to become a part of some of the decisions-making in the hospitals related to basic hygiene standard that must be maintained in the hospitals to serve patients with infection-free environment.

Undoubtedly, the number of people suffering from infections linked to health care is increasing with each passing day thus WHO has urged the patients as well as the hospital authorities to study WHO’s checklist enabling them to ensure that safe surgical procedures are being followed in the services.

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