Patient Safety Toolkit

Clean Hands Count for Safe Healthcare

From the Centers for Disease Control. Clean hands can protect you from serious infections while you are a patient in a healthcare facility. What’s The Problem? Most germs that cause serious infections in healthcare are...

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State Restrictions on Health Care Agents

Some states restrict who can serve as your health care agent. Your health care agent is the person that you name in your health care directive to work with your doctors to direct your healthcare...

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10 Best Hospital Cities’ in the US

To identify the “best hospital cities” in the U.S. and the world, cities were compared on 12 metrics that fell into one of the following three categories: quality of care, infrastructure and access. The metrics...

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Hiring a Private Patient or Health Advocate

Price vs. Quality and Value Are Considerations. Do you need to hire a private patient advocate to help with your healthcare? When you are sick or debilitated, it’s impossible to figure out how to get...

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Cardiac and Thoracic Surgery Safety Reports by Hospital

Surgeries to repair a heart can be risky, and some deaths and complications are inevitable. Doctors and advocates have pushed to make pediatric heart surgery outcomes more transparent, so institutions would feel pressure to improve...

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How to Reduce Your Risk of Falls in the Hospital 

Falls are a common and devastating complication of hospital care, particularly in elderly patients. Epidemiologic studies have found that falls occur at a rate of 3–5 per 1000 bed-days, and the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality estimates that...

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