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Patient Safety

Everyone has a role in making healthcare safe - physicians, healthcare executives, nurses and technicians.  Healthcare organizations across the country are working to make healthcare safety a priority. You, as the patient, can also play a vital role in making your care safe by becoming an active, involved and informed member of your healthcare team.  Remember to SPEAK UP.

Speak up if you have questions or concerns, and if you don’t understand, ask again.  It’s your body and you have a right to know.

Pay attention to the care you are receiving.  Make sure you’re getting the right treatments and medications by the right healthcare professional.  Don’t assume anything.

Educate yourself about your diagnosis, the medical tests you are undergoing, and your treatment plan.

Ask a trusted family member or friend to be your advocate.

Know what medications you take and why you take them.  Medication errors are the most common healthcare mistakes.

Use a hospital, clinic, surgery center, or other type of healthcare organization that has undergone a rigorous on-site evaluation against established, state-of-the-art quality and safety standards, such as that provided by the Joint Commission.

Participate in all decisions about your treatment.  You are the center of the healthcare team.