Europe is at the forefront of acknowledging the importance of patient safety and risk management. Eight to 10 percent of patients in the region are subjected to healthcare-associated infections and medication or prescription errors. Around 30 to 40 percent of these issues are preventable, and healthcare institutions have rolled out several initiatives for reporting and learning systems, as well as patient safety directives. Denmark in particular has shown considerable progress, followed closely by the U.K. and France.

Source: New analysis finds that EU member states identify 13 directives for patient safety