5 types of risks facing healthcare providers in Asia
In today’s complex and evolving healthcare industry, healthcare professionals face a myriad of risks in their everyday work. While they are focused on providing the best care to their patients, they may not be aware of the risks they face. According to leading healthcare advisory consultant, Asia Care Group, the five categories of risks below account for the majority of medical malpractice claims.
Misdiagnosis or delayed diagnosis
Prescribing errors (dosing error, adverse interactions, wrong method of administering)
Failure to take proper history / failure to spot allergies or intolerances
Failure to act on results in a timely or appropriate manner
Inadequate follow-up or long-term management
Poor communication of the condition/procedure leading to an adverse outcome
Error in selection or administering of a procedure
Inadequate pre/post surgery prep, leading to adverse event (e.g. wrong sided surgery)
Failure to provide prophylactics
Inappropriate waiting time protocols leading to delays in process with adverse impact
Inappropriate triage processes leading to mistreatment/untimely treatment
Lack of clinical process guidelines
Lack of discharge/admission protocols
Data privacy breaches
Malfunction of medical devices leading to patient harm
Inability to access electronic records, leading to missing history/inappropriate action
Barcoding error, leading to inaccurate tracking or use of equipment/drugs
CCTV at locations considered to be private for patients
Failure to follow regulatory controls of medication
Failure to comply with medical waste legislation
Failure to document patient consent
Failure to meet regulatory quality standards
Breaches of health and safety
Failure to keep equipment maintenance records
Lack of adequate patient safety protocols such as general infection control and theatre sterilisation policies
Lack of safeguarding policies
Lack of HR/credentialing checks
Lack of safe injection and blood transfusion practice guidelines
Lack of guidelines to respect patient’s cultural and religious choices in medical treatment
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