Patient Safety Awareness Week is March 3 - 9, 2013
Patient Safety Awareness Week is an annual educational campaign for health care safety led by the National Patient Safety Foundation (NPSF). This year's theme is 7/365: 7 days of recognition, 365 days of commitment to safe care.
How Can YOU be an Active Member of Your Health Care Team? You and your health care provider(s) are a team. It is important that you are an active member of your health care team. As a patient, there are a number of things you can do to help make sure you're receiving the best possible care--thereby being as healthy and as safe as possible!
Before your next doctor's visit, make a list of any questions or concerns you might have.
Always take a list of medications you are using -- including over-the-counter drugs, vitamins or any other natural remedies. You can use this form to help you list all of your medications.
Tell your doctor if you're seeing/consulting with any other health care providers -- pharmacists, nurses, physical therapists, etc.
If you feel overwhelmed by all the information you're given at a doctor's appointment, or would just like a second set of ears to make sure you don't miss anything, ask a friend or a family member to go with you.
The time you have with your provider is important to your health. Listen carefully, ask for clarification on any new symptoms, medications or problems and be sure to follow your doctor's advice.
Resources for Patients An unavoidable truth is that people carry germs. Hospital staff work very hard to prevent the spread of bacteria and viruses that cause infections in their patients, but patients and their visitors need to help, too! Click here to learn how you can be part of your health care team and stop the spread of germs to prevent infection.
What can you do to make your health care even safer? Click here for a list of tips.
The healing process doesn't end once you leave the hospital. You still do some healing at home, and that means you still need to practice patient safety. Click here for more information on how you can be as safe as possible when you head home from the hospital.
Medication safety means taking the right medication at the right time in the right way. Click here to learn what you can do to take your medications safely.
The Quality Care Finder allows you to compare the quality of care and services of local health care providers.
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