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‘HMC tries to ensure error free prescriptions& safe surgeries’

‘HMC tries to ensure error free 
prescriptions& safe surgeries’

(Continued from Page 1) He said that in any health care system accidents or harms can happen for instance while dispensing medication. “At Hamad for instance, we write thousands of prescriptions everyday whether in inpatient or outpatient or emergency. If one of those is written wrongly, for instance the wrong dose or drug, then this will translate into wrong prescription.” He said that there is an intentional effort and checks and balances are in place to try to minimise or prevent prescription errors. Dr AlKhal explained that infections can also occur as a result of a procedure, especially after a surgical procedure. There are processes that are in place to ensure that those procedures are safe as much as possible. We do measure harm from all the facilities, we look at those figures and go back and see how we can improve them. It’s a continuous process. Even if we reach zero harm in some areas, it doesn’t mean that we can now rest and stop; we need to maintain it and that takes effort.” Deputy Chief of Quality and Director of Hamad Healthcare Quality Institute (HHQI) Nasser al Naimi said that all the programmes that they are doing at HMC are about patient safety. “There is communication with everybody. Each and everyone knows about a particular case. It is more communication, more cost effective. It involves three steps-visual, data and communication.”

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