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Medical errors: the patient, actor of his safety


Explaining a procedure to a patient gives you an extra watchful eye to make sure everything is going well.

“The best manager of the care pathway is the patient himself

,” recalls Prof. Patrice François, head of the epidemiology and medical evaluation service at the CHU de Grenoble.

Patient information, his vigilance and his freedom to be able to signal that something does not appear to him to be correct are formidable security barriers. ”

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If some people regret the time when patients wisely and passively underwent care without asking for any explanation, it is now obvious that therapeutic education has significantly increased the level of safety.

Explaining a procedure to a patient, discussing possible options with him not only improves his adherence to a treatment, but also to have an extra watchful eye to ensure that everything is going well, especially if a risk particular was mentioned.

"A patient who notices - and reports - that the pill handed to him is blue when it is usually red, allows

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Source: lefigaro

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