WHO: Hospital Visits Are Riskier Than Flying

July 27, 2011

According to an article provided by Reuters, the World Health Organization has stated that going to the hospital is far riskier than flying.

The article provides statements made by Dr. Liam Donaldson, WHOs newly appointed patient safety envoy, that compares the risk of dying from an error in medical care as compared to that from an airplane accident.

“If you were admitted to hospital tomorrow in any country… your chances of being subjected to an error in your care would be something like 1 in 10. Your chances of dying due to an error in health care would be 1 in 300,”….

This compared with a risk of dying in an air crash of about 1 in 10 million passengers, according to Donaldson, formerly England’s chief medical officer.

“It shows that health care generally worldwide still has a long way to go,” he said.

The article, which is based comments given by Dr. Donaldson in a news briefing, notes that modern healthcare ‘is a high-risk business, inevitably, because people are sick and modern healthcare is delivered in a fast-moving, high-pressured environment involving a lot of complex technology and a lot of people[.]”

Click here to read the full article from Reuters.

Related article: WHO Director-General Names Envoy for Patient Safety

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