The Patient’s Hospital Safety Guide app contains life-saving information that all patients should have. It was developed by APRA in cooperation with leading medical professionals to help hospital patients protect themselves from being harmed by a preventable medical error, the 3rd leading cause of death. Many errors can be caught or prevented by the patient, a family member, or advocate, using this app.
Why a Hospital Safety Guide is Needed by Patients
While many patients receive excellent care and are healed without incident, medical errors in hospitals have increased significantly during the pandemic. Most hospital patients don’t realize they’re at risk of being injured or even killed by something that has nothing to do with the injury or illness they’re being treated for. More than half of the cases occur during elective surgery or procedures, rather than emergency or urgent care.
Patients also don’t realize that errors happen at all hospitals every day, resulting in between 10,000 and 20,000 incidents of harm daily, and millions of injuries, many permanent, plus up to 440,000 deaths a year, many after discharge.
Since most hospitals are understaffed nurses are overworked, and that’s when errors often happen, so patients need to protect themselves.
What is included in the app:
- how and when hospital errors happen
- how to stop many errors from happening
- how to know if an error was made
- how to know if the patient is in distress and needs immediate help
- what to do if the patient was harmed
- report an incident of patient harm or failure to treat
.… and much more.
The Patient’s Hospital Safety Guide app is easy for patients to use and understand.
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5.0 out of 5
Easy to use and very valuable. A must for all hospital patients.
Years ago my family lost a loved one in the hospital due to carelessness on the part of the staff. Only three years old, this child was given an accidental overdose of anesthesia. If we had had this app and this information, possibly we could have avoided this tragedy. Especially in these times when hospitals are overly crowded, this advice is indispensable.
– Thankful in OK.
This app has all the information at your fingertips for the well-informed and proactive patient entering a confusing and complicated healthcare system. We all need to take responsibility for our healthcare outcomes and this app gives you some helpful tools.
This is a very informative document. It worked very well on my phone. It was responsive and quickly took me to good links. I was mainly reading the site for content and I was very pleased to learn a lot more than I bargained for! The way it was organized made it very easy to jump all around without getting lost. I found that as I read through the material I could follow links down rabbit holes but easily get back on track by returning to the index to link to the next topic.
I feel much better prepared to interact with a hospital.
– A. Cunningham