For the study, the research team reviewed 15,548 individuals health records held by 26 hospitals overseen by the Ministries of Health of Egypt, Jordan, Kenya, Morocco, Tunisia, Sudan, South Africa and Yemen; the World Health Organisation (WHO) Eastern Mediterranean and African Regions (EMRO and AFRO), and WHO Patient Safety.
The team found that an average of 8.2 percent of recent records reflected at least one unsafe event. Of these events, 83 percent were deemed preventable, with 30 percent resulting in the death of a patient and 34 percent resulting from therapeutic errors.
"Unsafe patient care represents a serious and considerable danger to patients in the hospitals that were studied, and hence should be a high priority public health problem. Many other developing and transitional economies will probably share similar rates of harm and similar contributory factors," the researchers conclude in their report.
"The convenience sampling of hospitals might limit the interpretation of results, but the identified adverse event rates show an estimate that should stimulate and facilitate the urgent institution of appropriate remedial action and also to trigger more research. Prevention of these adverse events will be complex and involves improving basic clinical processes and does not simply depend on the provision of more resources."
by RTT Staff Writer
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