Thinking Globally: The WHO’s Ten Facts on Worldwide Patient Safety

Tuesday, October 2nd, 2007
This post was written by Melanie Matthews

Fearful flyers are often reassured by the thought that one is less likely to suffer injury while flying than while riding in a car. Now, according to “Ten Facts on Worldwide Patient Safety on the World Health Care Blog, an airplane is also a safer place to be than a hospital. Here’s number 9 on the list from the World Health Organization, shared by Fred Fortin:

  • Industries with a perceived higher risk such as aviation and nuclear plants have a much better safety record than health care. There is a one in 1 000 000 chance of a traveller being harmed while in an aircraft. In comparison, there is a one in 300 chance of a patient being harmed during health care.

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