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421 million hospitalisations recorded every year globally – WHO

The World Health Organization director general Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus has said an estimated 421 million hospitalisations is being recorded in the world every year, and on average, 1 in 10 of those results in adverse events.


The statement is from the director general’s office speaking at the annual World Patient Safety, Science and Technology Summit in United Kingdom recently.


Tedros Adhanom said that the Summit is a vital forum for bringing together hospital leaders, patient advocates, policymakers, government leaders, and the health care industry to discuss challenges, innovative new programs and best practices to prevent medical errors and take urgent action to improve patient safety.


“But the reality is that every year, millions of patients die or are injured because of unsafe and poor quality health care. Most of these deaths and injuries are totally avoidable.


“Adverse events are now estimated to be the 14th leading cause of death and injury globally. That puts patient harm in the same league as tuberculosis and malaria.


“This is a frightening statistic. Especially when we know that at least half of adverse events could be prevented”, Ghebreyesus said.


According to him, the economic costs of medical errors are astronomical, “about 15 per cent of all hospital activity and expenditure is a direct result of adverse events. And the costs of treating safety failures amount to trillions of dollars each year.


He further stated that the agency is actively engaging countries to commit to the challenge and take urgent action on medication safety.


“To support countries, we are developing guidance to reduce harm that results from high-risk medicines and situations, patients who take multiple medications, and transitions of care, which is often when mistakes are made.


“As you know, there is no higher priority at WHO than universal health coverage, built on the foundation of health systems that deliver people-centred care. Ensuring that people can access health services that are safe, effective, affordable and of good quality, without facing financial hardship, is one of the best investments a country can make.


“It is not only an investment in better health; it is a platform for stable, equitable and prosperous societies,” Ghebreyesus added.


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