Patient safety is a fundamental principle of health care. Every point in the process of care-giving contains a certain degree of inherent unsafety. A number of countries have published studies showing that significant numbers of patients are harmed during health care, either resulting in permanent injury, increased length of stay in health care facilities, or even death.
Clear policies, organizational leadership capacity, data to drive safety improvements, skilled health care professionals and effective involvement of patients in their care, are all needed to ensure sustainable and significant improvements in the safety of health care.
Patient safety helps doctors, nurses and all other health care professionals practice safer and better medicine. Therefore it is good not only for patients but for everyone in health care.