oa SA Pharmaceutical Journal - Mediclinic Scenario Award : clinical pharmacy and antimicrobial stewardship : a symbiotic relationship : forum

Volume 79, Issue 10
  • ISSN : 2221-5875
  • E-ISSN: 2220-1017



Hospitals should be a safe haven where patients can recover from their illness. Unfortunately, this is not always the case. According to the British National Health Institute Patient Safety Agency, hospitals are probably as dangerous as bungee jumping. Hospitalised patients receive the recommended best care only 50-55% of the time. During hospital admission, adverse events affect nearly one out of 10 patients. While more than half of patients experience no or minor disability, 7.4% of events are lethal. A substantial part (44%) of them is preventable. Since a large proportion of in-hospital events are operation- or drug-related, interventions aimed at preventing these events have the potential to make a substantial difference. Pharmacists are in an ideal position to make a valuable contribution to safer pharmaceutical care in our hospitals.

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