Hidden patient safety threat: Dietary errors

Hidden patient safety threat: Dietary errors

Hospital staff may tend to think of avoiding medication errors, infections or surgical complications when addressing patient safety. But there’s another element to patient safety that often goes overlooked: Food allergies and dietary errors.

New research from the Pennsylvania Patient Safety Authority shows just how important it is to meticulously check whether patients have any issues with eating certain foods – and whether the meals they’re served in the hospital meet their needs.

Common dietary errors

Food allergies are on the rise. While they’re more common in children, an estimated 4% of adults have a food allergy that would cause them significant harm.

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