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A Brief Synopsis on Patient Safety

This white paper was drafted by the World Health Organisation (WHO) in 2010. It provides simplified and non-exhaustive synopsis of the major international patient safety initiatives undertaken in the WHO European region.

It discusses ways to improve patient safety by avoiding medical errors which occur during prevention, diagnostics, treatment and follow up.

The paper also outlines aspects such as patient safety in an EU context, EU current policy and legislation on patient safety, and ways to prevent healthcare associated infections.

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