Patient Safety Toolkit

Choosing Your Health Care Agent

Name the best person to direct your medical care if you are unable to do so yourself. When you make a durable power of attorney for health care, the most important decision you will face...

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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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Challenging Hospital Discharge Decisions

Hospital stays are difficult times for patients and their families, especially for those who need long term care upon discharge. Increasingly short hospital stays pose a tremendous challenge to families who have to arrange post-hospital...

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