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Medical Errors Must be Reduced for the Welfare of the Global Health Sector

Mohajan, Haradhan (2018): Medical Errors Must be Reduced for the Welfare of the Global Health Sector. Published in: International Journal of Public Health and Health Systems , Vol. 3, No. 5 (10 October 2018): pp. 99-101.

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After the Institute for Medicine’s landmark 1999 report, medical errors are considered serious problems in healthcare, and attempts are taken globally to reduce them. Medical error is believed as the second victim to the healthcare providers. At present the medical errors become great challenges for healthcare professionals, and health policy makers. These are responsible to delay in recovery of patients’ diseases, and sometimes impossible to recover. Although it is true that deaths from medical errors are the grievous for the bereaved families, some of these errors are unavoidable due to the complex healthcare systems. But most of them are avoidable and happen due to the negligence of the healthcare providers. Unfortunately, many of these errors are not disclosed to patients and their families. Reduction of these errors are necessary to maintain safe, and quality patient care for the welfare both patients and healthcare providers. Objectives of this study are to create consciousness among the patients about avoidable medical errors and to reduce the medical errors for the better treatment to the patients. If medical errors are reduced, the sufferings of the patients will be relieved and medical costs will be decreased. This article discusses aspects of medical errors and their effects on the patients and society. In this study an attempt has been taken to reduce medical errors in healthcare for the welfare of the global humanity.

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