Patient safety

Other adverse events

There are many causes of adverse events besides hospital infections:

  • unsafe devices
  • prescribing errors
  • contaminated blood
  • etc.

The Commission provides further information on adverse events in order to support public health decision-making at European level.

Medical errors

See European public opinion on medical errors (2005) 


eHealth  can contribute to improving healthcare quality in general and, first and foremost, patient safety by providing:

  • better information on and traceability /control of information flows
  • improved understanding and definition of processes

eHealth can help reduce adverse events/effects e.g. through:

  • access to up-to-date electronic health records
  • digital prescriptions
  • alerts for drugs interaction

Measuring errors / adverse events