Journal Article

Patient safety in developing countries: retrospective estimation of scale and nature of harm to patients in hospital.

Wilson RM; Michel P; Olsen S; Gibberd RW; Vincent C; El-Assady R; Rasslan O; Qsous S; Macharia WM; Sahel A; Whittaker S; Abdo-Ali M; Letaief M; Ahmed NA; Abdellatif A; Larizgoitia I; WHO Patient Safety EMRO/AFRO Working Group.

This study conducted a retrospective chart review of more than 15,000 hospitalization records in 8 countries and found an adverse event rate range of 2.5% to 18.4% per country. Investigators estimated that more than 80% were preventable, suggesting a call to action for broader international efforts to promote patient safety.