Patient safety

The simplest definition of patient safety is the prevention of errors and adverse effects to patients associated with health care. While health care has become more effective it has also become more complex, with greater use of new technologies, medicines and treatments. Health services treat older and sicker patients who often present with significant co-morbidities requiring more and more difficult decisions as to health care priorities. Increasing economic pressure on health systems often leads to overloaded health care environments.

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WHO checklist to ensure hospitals in European Region are ready for COVID-19 patients

A Hospital Readiness Checklist developed by WHO/Europe is helping hospital managers and emergency planners ensure a rapid and effective response to the COVID-19 outbreak.


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