Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Patient Safety: Top Priority

For any health care official, patient safety should be one of their top priorities. However, it seems that patient safety remains a work-in-progess.

Here's a list of the most common patient safety risks:

•    Retained surgical items (or RSIs)
•    Surgical site infections
•    Wrong-site surgeries
•    Improper patient positioning and lifting
•    Chemical and radiological hazards
•    Improper medication labeling and administration
•    Operative and post-operative complications

It's also come to light that good communication needs to be present between officials in the operation room. Without that, as well as not following procedures and policies, patient safety is put in danger. I would venture to say that more people are harmed in hospitals because of inadequate or deficient communication than from any other cause.

For information regarding this article and patient safety, click here.

At Snyder & Wenner we strive to keep the community safe when hospital care is involved. We have become patient safety advocates by representing patients who have been harmed from hospital error. If you know someone who has been seriously harmed from a hospital error please feel free to contact us. The Snyder & Wenner website can be accessed by clicking the "Patient Safety Advocates" tab above.

Snyder & Wenner, P.C.

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