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The number one cause of injury and death within a hospital setting is medical errors. This is despite the fact that patient-safety is a priority for healthcare executives and planners. Health safety experts offer the following tips as a means of countering the risk of medical errors:
- Create a hospital culture that focuses on patient safety. This includes promoting a safety-orientation to everyone from top-level executives to the day-to-day staff;
- Create a coalition of healthcare organizations to collate data on their best practices and successful safety initiatives and share with other organizations;
- Develop standards for care delivery. This includes simple initiatives such as using checklists and more comprehensive initiatives like teaching staff about evidence-based practices;
- Use established tools that help reduce harm.
While theoretically the creation of a safety oriented healthcare organization should be simple, in reality it requires constant efforts by all participants to ensure that patients receive the best care.