Medical errors could be halved

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12 June 2007, RIJSWIJK – The number of medical errors can be reduced by 50 percent within five years, according to a plan presented on Tuesday by the Order of Medical Specialists. The plans outline measures to prevent hospital infections after operations and prevent unnecessary suffering and mix ups.

12 June 2007

RIJSWIJK – The number of medical errors can be reduced by 50 percent within five years, according to a plan presented on Tuesday by the Order of Medical Specialists. The plans outline measures to prevent hospital infections after operations and prevent unnecessary suffering and mix ups.

Pieter Vierhout, chairman of the order, said on the Radio 1 Journaal on Tuesday that the aim is to prevent human error. "Every error is one too many." He is urging that standard procedures be improved.

The order has drawn up a ten-point plan. The aim is to reduce the number of unnecessary deaths by 850 a year. The order also wants to reduce the number of people who fall victim to medical errors by 15,000 a year.

Public Health Minister Ab Klink said in May that he wants to see the number of medical errors at hospitals reduced by half in the coming five years. Studies show that more than 1,700 patients die unnecessarily in hospitals each year.

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