News | May 09, 2007

WHO Tackles Healthcare Errors, Helps Patients

May 10, 2007 - The World Health Organization recently announced that one in every ten patients around the world fall victim to healthcare errors and in reaction, the WHO has unveiled nine patient safety solutions, highlighting look-alike, sound-alike medication names, patient identification and communication during patient hand-overs.

Part of the problem in the U.S may be the growing diversity in community life. According to the 2000 U.S. Census, 18 percent of the total U.S. population aged five or older, or 47 million people, speak a language other than English at home.
About half of the above reported that they speak English less than “very well.”
Seventy percent of communication is nonverbal,and lies within body language and other cues, thus being able to see a patient is invaluable for a healthcare professional in order to make an accurate diagnosis.

The system has been installed at Ohio State University Medical Center, Mercy Hospital (Miami) and at several chain pharmacies in the Columbus, OH area. It’s set to be installed in Los Angeles, Dallas Children’s Hospital and Pitt County Memorial Hospital in North Carolina.

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