Patient Safety Toolkit


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… Read More


How to Avoid Hospital-Acquired Infections

Hospitals are dangerous places to be for several reasons. First, the only patients hospitalized are those who are very sick, those who need surgery that can’t be performed in an outpatient facility, or those who...

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App Lets Patients Record Physician Notes

Google veteran and technology expert David Weekly has developed a free app that allows patients to record visits with their physicians, according to CNBC. Patients and family members can use Medcorder to re-listen to visits and...

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Is It Time to Fire Your Doctor

16 Clear Signs You Need to Fire Your Doctor. You can’t always trust the white coat. These are the mistakes that are serious enough to warrant your finding a new doctor STAT.  He touched you...

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Heart Attack – Cardiac Risk Test

This heart disease risk assessment is most accurate for people between ages 20 and 74. For people younger than 20 or older than 74, the presence of two or more cardiovascular risk factors suggests higher risk of cardiovascular disease. From The Mayo...

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