Patient Safety Toolkit






Your Local Hospital

Hospital Ratings and Rankings. How to Use The Ratings Systems.  U.S. News & World Report tries to help patients find the best hospital within a given specialty that excels at treating the most complicated patients....

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Hospital Survival Guide

It’s estimated that up to 440,000 people die prematurely in hospitals every year due to preventable medical errors.  Approximately 180,000 will be Medicare patients. Hospitals are dangerous places and every patient, whether in-patient or out-patient, needs...

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Choose the Best Surgeon

Propublica. Guided by experts, ProPublica calculated death and complication rates for surgeons performing one of eight elective procedures in Medicare, carefully adjusting for differences in patient health, age and hospital quality. Use the database in propublica.org...

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Preventing Medication Errors

According to one estimate, in any given week four out of every five U.S. adults will use prescription medicines, over-the-counter (OTC) drugs, or dietary supplements of some sort, and nearly one-third of adults will take...

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Hospital Safety Issues and How to Spot a Hospital Error

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.   PREVENTABLE MEDICAL ERRORS.  Hospital acquired infections: About 650,000 patients each year develop a hospital acquired infection. So, on any given day, about one of every 25 hospitalized patients are infected...

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