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VOLUME 12 , ISSUE 2 ( June, 2008 ) > List of Articles


Patient safety: Needs and initiatives

Julian Bion

Keywords : Patient safety, best practice, quality, medical errors, teamwork

Citation Information : Bion J. Patient safety: Needs and initiatives. Indian J Crit Care Med 2008; 12 (2):62-66.

DOI: 10.4103/0972-5229.42559

License: CC BY-ND 3.0

Published Online: 01-10-2011

Copyright Statement:  Copyright © 2008; The Author(s).


Patient safety has become a major defining issue for healthcare at the beginning of the 21 st century. Viewed from the perspective of reliability of delivery of best practice, healthcare systems demonstrate a degree of imperfection which would not be tolerated in industry. In part, this is because of uncertainty about what constitutes best practice, combined with complex interventions in complex systems. The acutely ill patient is particularly challenging, and as the majority of admissions to hospitals are emergencies, it makes sense to focus on this group as a coherent entity. Changing clinical behavior is central to improving safety, and this requires a systems-wide approach integrating care throughout patient journey, combined with incorporating reliability training in life-long learning.

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