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Medical reports at National Hospital to be examined

The Directorate of Health in Iceland has planned an extensive research of deaths in hospitals in Iceland in relation to an international research conducted by the World Health Organization (WHO), which indicates that about ten percent of deaths in western hospitals could have been caused by medical mistakes.

Since 2004, the WHO has lobbied for increased patient safety at hospitals around the world. The organization recently conducted a study on the frequency of deaths related to medical mistakes in hospitals in different western countries. Morgunbladid reports.

The results indicate that about 10 percent of patients die because they are not treated the way they should have been, which could mean that over 200 patients at the National Hospital in Iceland may have lost their lives because of medical mistakes.

As a consequence, the Directorate of Health in Iceland has planned an extensive research of deaths in hospitals in Iceland, which includes examining about 1,500 randomly chosen medical reports.

A convention on patient safety will be held at Hotel Nordica in Reykjavík tomorrow. Sir Liam Donaldson, Director of Health in the UK and the man behind the WHO’s initiative, will be the main speaker at the convention.

“We have put great emphasis on communicating with patients and their relatives,” Sir Liam said in an interview with Morgunbladid.

“People who have experienced [medical mistakes] are happy to assist us in finding the reasons [for premature deaths] in the hope of preventing others from having to go through the same thing,” Sir Liam said.

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