Patient Safety Resources

Be an Active Member of Your Health Care Team

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No one wants to be a patient in a hospital. When a hospital stay is needed, there are some things you can do to help you or your family member receive the highest quality and safest care. Because you know yourself or your family member best, you are in the best position to assist the health care team with your treatment.

  • If you do not understand something, ask questions.
  • If something doesn't look or feel right, question it.
  • Answer the doctors' and nurses' questions as completely as you can.
  • Follow instructions carefully.

Remember, if you notice anything that does not seem quite right, you have the right to question it! Let a health care professional know about any problems you or your loved one are experiencing, so that he or she can take quick action.

This page was last updated: January 9, 2014

         
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