Lessons for Latin America from Mexico’s Experience With Patient Safety and Covid Response

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Lessons for Latin America from Mexico’s Experience With Patient Safety and Covid Response


JournalIJQHC Communications
Article typeJournal research article – Literature review
Publication date – Jun – 2021
Authors – Odet Sarabia González
Keywordscovid-19, HIV/AIDS, National Crusade for Quality in Health Care
Open access – Yes
SpecialityHealth policy
World region Northern America
Country: Mexico
Language – English
Submitted to the One Surgery Index on July 18, 2021 at 9:22 pm
Abstract:

Globally, more than 1 in 10 patients continue to be harmed due to safety lapses during their care.[1] Unsafe care results in over three million deaths each year. The health burden of harm is estimated at 64 million Disability-Adjusted Life Years (DALYs) per year similar to that of HIV/AIDS. Most of this burden is in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs). Recent estimates suggest that as many as 4 in 100 people die from unsafe care in the developing world [1]. The COVID-19 pandemic has clearly shown the risk of patient harm. The estimated proportion of hospital-acquired COVID-19 cases ranges from 12.5% to 44% [1]. As many as one third of these cases are reported to be among healthcare staff.
In Mexico, the Patient Safety journey started in 2002, with the National Crusade for Quality in Health Care,[2] the first Quality Policy in Latin America. The efforts to improve patient safety in Mexico can be divided into three distinct waves. A fourth wave has commenced with the pandemic. These lessons on patient safety are even more important now in the COVID era and can be applied in the region and elsewhere

OSI Number – 21170

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