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Revista Cubana de Anestesiología y Reanimación

versión On-line ISSN 1726-6718

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SOLER MOREJON, Caridad. Ensuring patient safety is a priority today. Rev cuba anestesiol reanim [online]. 2015, vol.14, n.1, pp.44-49. ISSN 1726-6718.

Decision making is always a complex process. Even if we are prepared with the clinical method and having the experience and support from more experienced colleagues, uncertainty is always present. Current medicine demands from healthcare professionals not only updated knowledge but also clinical experience to interpret and identify the patient, to integrate the best evidence when making decisions. The objective was to perform an update on how to ensure patient safety in the context of critically ill patients. Patient safety remains a common element, the notion of reducing to an acceptable minimum the risk involved in health care, that is to say, to provide safer care to patients. The key actions in this regard include identification, action to take and risk assessment, reporting and analysis of critical incidents as well as the ability to learn from them and solution implementing to minimize risks and prevent their recurrence. It should be noticed that incident causes are not only related to human factors but inextricably related to the system in which the individual works. Observing what is wrong with the system allows learning the lessons which will prevent the recurrence of incidents. The inclusion of patient safety on the managers´ agenda in a flexible organization will certainly lead to progressive improvement of systems resulting in excellence care which is the sought goal to benefit people health.

Palabras clave : Patient safety; medical error.

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