Effective Patient Safety Initiatives is the Need of the Hour
To Err Is Human. But what happens if this Err happens at the cost of life of our dear one admitted in the hospital. The result can be disastrous to the family and near ones. In India, such mishaps are seen happening in our hospitals and it is the same with hospitals in the U.S too. In such instances, the safety of our life at hospitals comes to question.
These people are not dying from the illnesses that caused them to seek hospital care in the first place. They are dying from mishaps that hospitals could have prevented. What do these errors look like? The sponge left inside the surgical patient, prompting weeks of mysterious, agonizing abdominal pain before the infection overcomes bodily functions. The medication injected into a baby’s IV at an overdose than needed. The excruciating infection from contaminated equipment used at the bedside. Sadly, over a thousand people a day are dying from these kinds of mistakes.
Hospital industry leaders will tell us that reducing errors is extremely difficult because hospitals are complex places with very sick clientele. To prevent errors every person who works in the hospital has to follow rules precisely, and systems have to function properly.
The reason many hospital administrators fail to put a priority on safety is that we haven’t forced them to do so. On the contrary, we haplessly pay them for these errors. We tolerate hospital lobbyists insisting on hiding their error rates. We fail to insist on safety when we choose where to seek care or when we put together our business’ health benefits. When we don’t demand safety, they don’t supply it.
It’s time for us to make clear to hospitals that they must earn our business, and our trust, and we will not pay with our lives for their failure to act. We need to make informed decisions before choosing a hospital.