The World Health Organization: Fighting Mistakes, Improving Lives
The World Health Organization has found that medication errors cause at least one death every day and injure approximately 1.3 million people annually in the United States of America alone. These are not minor consequences and often can lead to additional complications or even death. Their findings have caused them to take action against these errors, by launching a global initiative to reduce severe, avoidable medication-associated harm in all countries by 50% over the next 5 years.
Every person around the world will at some point in their life take medicines to prevent or treat illness. Advances in healthcare have made it so that these medications are available to improve patients’ lives. However, medicines do sometimes cause serious harm if taken incorrectly, monitored insufficiently or as the result of an error, accident or communication problems.
The World Health Organization has found that both health workers and patients can make mistakes that result in severe harm, such as ordering, prescribing, dispensing, preparing, administering or consuming the wrong medication or the wrong dose at the wrong time. The important thing to note is that all medication errors are potentially avoidable. Preventing errors and the harm that results requires putting systems and procedures in place to ensure the right patient receives the right medication at the right dose via the right route at the right time.
Just like the World Health Organization, Medicine-On-Time is committed to reducing medication errors. With our simple, color-coded calendar cards, medications are packaged into the proper dosages and clearly labeled for easy, consistent compliance. The many benefits of Medicine-On-Time improve the quality of life for patients and the ones they love with the following:
- Accurate, manageable medication solution
- Decreased gaps in medication therapy
- Fewer hospital visits
- Infrequent trips to the pharmacy
- Maintained independence
- Higher levels of care and connection
- Reduced burden on family and caregivers
- Lowered nursing home admission by 66%
Medication errors are not minor mistakes. By striving to reduce these errors by 50% over the next five years, the World Health Organization is taking one giant leap towards improving patient safety. Medicine-On-Time has built a business around doing just that – saving lives, one patient at a time.