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Changing Perceptions: How Global Healthcare Standards Help to Treat Patient Unease from Zebra.com
06 July 2015

Changing Perceptions: How Global Healthcare Standards Help to Treat Patient Unease from Zebra.com

Just over one in every four respondents to a European Commission Survey published this year had experienced an adverse event while under hospital care. Whilst this should be cause for concern in its own right, there has also been a significant increase in the proportion of adverse events reported, rising from 28% in 2009 to 46% in 2014.

It’s not surprising then that survey results showed that 53% of EU citizens think that patients could be harmed by hospital care, clearly an issue the healthcare sector needs to take seriously.

And it’s understandable. A visit is worrying for anyone concerned, especially in an intense hospital working environment. Patients and relatives are anxious. Staff are under intense pressure throughout every shift. And when decisions are made, they have to be the right ones, with the right information at hand, every time.

Too often, the errors leading to adverse events are made around the identity of the patient in question, and the consequences of incomplete, illegible or missing notes or identity wristbands can be fatal.

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