Friday, May 04, 2007

WHO launches 'Nine patient safety solutions'

The nine solutions are now being made available in an accessible form for use and adaptation by WHO Member States to re-design patient care processes and make them safer. They come under the headings of:
  • Look-alike, sound-alike medication names;
  • patient identification;
  • communication during patient hand-overs;
  • performance of correct procedure at correct body site;
  • control of concentrated electrolyte solutions;
  • assuring medication accuracy at transitions in care;
  • avoiding catheter and tubing misconnections;
  • single use of injection devices; and
  • improved hand hygiene to prevent health care-associated infection.

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