Medical errors occur daily in almost every part of the world. Significant errors include misdiagnosis, administration of a wrong drug, improper dose of a given medication, wrong route of administration, retained surgical instruments, transplanting organs of the wrong blood type and incorrect record keepin. The president of Pakistan Society of Health System Pharmacists (PSHP) stated that, “As many as 500,000 people, including women and children (1)annually die in Pakistan due to medication errors ”. Based on a British Medical Journal report, in the year 2013, there were 251,454 medical error related deaths in USA alone. While even one death is too many, there is always an effort to be made by institutions to prevent medical errors.
MESSAGE FROM CHAIRMAN
Dr. Sarwat Hussain
” Commitment of any society to deliver healthcare to its people can be judged by the quality of care its poorest, ‘nobody’ citizen patients, receive and not the elite. From the perspective of healthcare delivery there are six measurable and auditable indicators of quality: safe, effective, patient centered, timely, efficient and equitable. But from the point of view of a the ‘nobody’ patient in Pakistan, the critical determinants of quality are more basic: