Drawing on the latest evidence, Caroline Fallon and Mary Muir provide a critical evaluation of patient safety challenges and strategies for reducing harm.
They consider how identification, targeted intervention and mobilisation can help prevent healthcare-associated complications (HAC), by promoting a patient-centric harm-free care environment.1
At least 6% of patients experience preventable iatrogenic harm across the healthcare service2 and patient injury is estimated to be a leading cause of the global burden.3 This will have a significant impact on the individual and healthcare resources due to the increased levels of care required.4
Patient safety aims to prevent and reduce risks and harms that occur during the provision of healthcare5 and promote protective factors.6 To ensure successful implementation of safety strategies, effective policies, leadership, data analysis, clinical evidence and patient engagement are paramount.7,8
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