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10 facts on patient safety

Patients waiting at a hospital in South Africa
Gary Calton

Fact 9

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

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