Patient safety in Public Hospitals

Tabled: 28 May 2008

Overview

The risk that patients are harmed while receiving healthcare can never be mitigated entirely. Nevertheless, estimates suggest approximately 50 per cent of care-related injuries are avoidable, and the challenge for health services is to ensure their patient safety systems minimise the risk of harm.

The report, Patient Safety in Public Hospitals, examines the performance of the patient safety system, including how well agencies worked together and the progress made since VAGO’s 2005 patient safety audit

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