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Helping Patients Understand Their Role in Ensuring Patient Safety

Patients and their family members can take an active role in assuring that a hospital stay is safe and free of preventable medical errors by:

  • Being well-informed
  • Asking their physicians and nurses about their diagnosis and treatment
  • Making sure that every hospital employee providing care to them knows:
    • Who they are
    • What their health issues are
  • Questioning anything that does not seem quite right, such as:
    • If the hospital employee does not know their name
    • If a medication does not look familiar
    • If the employee is preparing the wrong part of the body for treatment.


Resources for patients who want to take an active role in ensuring their own safety.