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May 3rd, 2007

World Health Org: Medical Errors Affect 1 in 10

A few snippets from the article available at Reuters:

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Medical mistakes as basic as hospital workers spreading infections by not washing their hands hurt millions of people worldwide each day, the World Health Organization said on Wednesday in launching an effort to curb such errors.

The WHO said medical errors affect one in 10 patients worldwide and that at any given time more than 1.4 million people suffer from infections acquired in hospitals.

Unsafe injections with reused and unsterilized equipment are believed to occur most often in South Asia, the Middle East and Western Pacific regions.

In sub-Saharan Africa, up to 18 percent of injections are given with reused syringes or unsterilized needles, increasing the risk of hepatitis and HIV, the WHO said.

The article focuses on how to reduce the mistakes.

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