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10 facts on patient safety

Patients waiting at a hospital in South Africa
Gary Calton

A poor safety record for health care

Industries with a perceived higher risk such as the aviation and nuclear industries have a much better safety record than health care. There is a 1 in 1 000 000 chance of a traveller being harmed while in an aircraft. In comparison, there is a 1 in 300 chance of a patient being harmed during health care.

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