It's a worry

The health industry is being put under the microscope as more patients are placed at risk through the questionable standards of the profession . Mistakes can indeed be made but some of those mentioned in this report hardly reflect the high standards neccessary in this field . This is an interesting link

" Hospitals 'needlessly' kill or put patients at risk
Wednesday July 11, 2007
Australian hospital patients needlessly died or were put at serious risk at least 130 times between 2004 and 2005, a new report shows.

Operations or investigations on the wrong patient or the wrong body part dominated the avoidable errors, accounting for 41 per cent.

The first national report into serious mistakes in public hospitals, to be released on Wednesday and previewed in News Ltd newspapers, found staff error was most commonly to blame.

Patients were stitched up with surgical instruments or other materials inside them in 27 cases, the report found, with one patient undergoing a colonoscopy intended for a non-English speaking patient with a similar-sounding name.

Medication bungles resulted in one death and were partially to blame for several more, while one patient died after gas bubbles entered their blood stream.

Five mothers died due to avoidable error during childbirth, and 25 psychiatric in-patients killed themselves.

Patient safety expert Stephen Bolsin said little had improved in the past decade.

"Safety breaches in Australian healthcare are killing more people than breast cancer or road accidents," Associate Professor Bolsin said.

The report was a joint initiative of the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare and the Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care."

©AAP 2007

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