World Patient Safety Day
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World Patient Safety Day

World Patient Safety Day

Every year December 9 is observed as World Patient Safety Day across the World. It aims at raising awareness about the safety of patients.

According to WHO, estimates show that in developed countries as many as 1 in 10 patients are harmed while receiving hospital care, hence the need to bring this to the fore is necessary.

It is also essential that you are aware of the precautions to be taken while undergoing medical care:

What can you do for your own safety?

• Assist administration staff by ensuring that all your personal data on their records is accurate, to the best of your knowledge, including the allergies that you suffer from and your previous medical history.

• Be prudent of your diagnosis and ask questions if you are not sure of any detail; if you are not confident in your ability to comprehend the doctor’s analysis, bring along a friend/relative who is.

• Do not be afraid to seek a second opinion on a medical condition. If you are unsure of your diagnosis, then double-check it against another expert.

• Ask your doctor to outline the pros and cons of any medical procedure that s/he may prescribe for you.

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