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Patient Rights Group Releases Hospital Safety Guide for People with COVID-19
Protecting patients with COVID-19 – Steps people with the virus should take to prepare for hospital admission
June 12, 2020.
Mount Dora, Fla. – With hundreds of thousands of people in the U.S. currently infected with COVID-19, the American Patient Rights Association (APRA), a nonprofit consumer organization, has published an online hospital safety guide for COVID-19 patients which includes important steps to take before going to a hospital and once a patient has been admitted.
“Our organization is suggesting that those who are infected should prepare in advance in case they need to be hospitalized, while they are still well enough to get things done. This guide can help them during a very stressful time,” said Ron Liss, president and founder of APRA.
The guide is adapted for COVID-19 patients from the Patient’s Hospital Safety Guide, a mobile app from APRA for all hospital patients, written and published in cooperation with health care professionals.
During normal times, patient safety in hospitals is a major problem. Between 250,000 and 440,000 men, women and children die every year because of a preventable medical error that happened to them while they were in the hospital and had nothing to do with the injury or illness they were hospitalized for. It’s the third leading cause of death.
Although not everyone with COVID-19 will need to be admitted to a hospital, those who are admitted will be at serious risk of harm.
“Our guide also includes information about what COVID-19 patients can do to protect themselves while in the hospital ”, Liss said. “Since they are at high risk there are steps they should take.”
American Patient Rights Association is a nonprofit consumer organization of people for fair, safe, affordable healthcare, helping patients protect themselves and their families from the third leading cause of death, preventable medical errors, and the leading cause of bankruptcy, high medical bills. Join APRA today for free. For more information visit americanpatient.org.