Patient Safety Toolkit

Nursing Home Inspection Report

Visit propublica.org  and use the available tool to compare nursing homes in a state based on the deficiencies cited by regulators and the penalties imposed in the past three years. You can also search over...

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Hospital Rating Systems Differ on Best and Worst

By REED ABELSON for the New York Times.  Four popular national rating systems used by consumers to judge hospitals frequently come to very different conclusions about which hospitals are the best — or worst — potentially...

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Did the Doctor Make a Mistake?

What Patients and Families Should Do Following a Potential Medical Error. Not all Bad Outcomes are Medical Errors or Malpractice. Many errors do happen in medical settings, but not every bad outcome is caused by...

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20 Tips to Help Prevent Medical Errors: Patient Fact Sheet

By the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. Medical errors can occur anywhere in the health care system: In hospitals, clinics, surgery centers, doctors’ offices, nursing homes, pharmacies, and patients’ homes. Errors can involve medicines,...

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How to Get the Best Care From the Hospital Nursing Staff

By Laura Landro,  The Wall Street Journal.   A family’s rapport with the nursing staff can improve the care a patient receives; tips for cultivating the relationship that go beyond baking brownies. Flowers, candy and thank-you...

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What can help relieve anxiety before surgery?

Source: U.S. National Library of Medicine. People might cope with pre-surgery anxiety in very different ways: Some try to prevent anxiety or stress by getting information early on and talking with other people about their...

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How to Prepare for Scheduled or Elective Surgery

From the University of Rochester Medical Center. Preparing emotionally Anxiety and fear are normal responses to planned surgery. But having a full understanding of the procedure can reduce your stress and result in a better...

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Before Scheduling a Surgical Procedure

From Baycare.org. If you are facing surgery, take the time to learn about the surgery your doctor has recommended so you understand what’s involved and feel comfortable that it’s the best treatment. You should also...

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