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EU recommends framework for patient safety with focus on healthcare-associated infections

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Executive Summary

The European Commission has adopted a communication and a proposal for a council recommendation to improve patient safety in the European Union that encourages member states to collectively address areas of concern, including healthcare-associated infections, medical equipment-related failures and medication errors1-4. The decision has been prompted by data showing that around 8% to 12% of patients admitted to hospital experience adverse events while receiving healthcare.

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