Patient Safety Awareness Week March 8-14, 2020
At UHC, it’s the week that lasts all year!!
Medical error remains a major source of injury and death among patients.
134 million adverse events occur worldwide annually with majority being in LMIC countries
A study from Nigeria by Iloh, G et al 2017, the prevalence of medical errors was 42.8% and 100% of the medical practitioners had a negative attitude to error disclosure to the patients and their families.
Here are some ways as a patient to improve safety during medical care:
Take a list of your medications with you to your visit
Be ready to ask questions about your health
Wash your hands using soap and water for 20 seconds.
At UHC, we are committed to reducing avoidable harm and death. We treat patient safety like a global priority that it is.