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Are Patients Safe in Hospitals?

Palanas, Masbate Beach

Patient safety at the Beach

Patient Safety in hospitals is the avoidance, prevention and amelioration of adverse outcome/injuries stemming from the process of health care (Institute of Medicine, 2000). It refers to actions undertaken by individuals and organizations to protect health care recipients from being harmed by effects of healthcare services.

In a much publicized Institute of Medicine Report in 1999, it reveals that at least “44,000” and possibly “as high as 98,000” die in US annually due to “medical errors”, which, if further validly verified, may already be considered to be the 8th leading cause of death in US.

The report made a major media splash and cries of shock and horror were heard from the (more…)