Patient’s Hospital Safety Guide

Now available from the App Store and Play Store

APRA’s Patient’s Hospital Safety Guide is a mobile app developed in co-operation with leading medical professionals to help hospital patients protect themselves, and their advocates protect them, from preventable medical errors and harm. 

Why A Safety Guide is Needed by Hospital Patients and Their Advocates

While many hospitalized patients receive excellent care and are healed without incident, preventable medical errors in hospitals are the 3rd leading cause of death

Medical errors happen at all hospitals every day, even the highest-rated. More than half of all harm occurs in cases of elective surgery or procedures, rather than emergency or urgent care. Every hospital patient is at risk. 

More than 36 million hospital admissions take place in the U.S. each year and up to one in four admitted patients is harmed by a preventable medical error. Between 10,000 and 20,000 incidents occur daily, many resulting in permanent injury, and up to 440,000 hospital patients die each year, many after discharge. 

Americans are admitted to a hospital nine times on average over a lifetime. Once admitted, a patient should know who is caring for them, what is being done to them and why, as well as how to protect themselves from preventable harm.

Table of  Contents 

    1. Introduction
    2. How to Use the Guide
    3. What to Do Before Being Admitted to a Hospital
    4. Why You Need a Patient Advocate and How to Choose One
    5. What to Do When Being Admitted to a Hospital
    6. What Are Your Rights and Responsibilities as a Hospital Patient
    7. Hospital Personnel – Who is Who and How to Identify Them
    8. Care Coordination
    9. Harm, Medical Errors, and Adverse Events
    10. How to Protect Yourself While in a Hospital
    11. Warning Signs of a Patient in Trouble
    12. Types of Medical Errors, Their Causes, How to Recognize and Avoid Them
    13. Table of Medical Errors
    14. Never Events
    15. What to Do If You Have Been Harmed. Think An Error Has Occurred or There is a Problem
    16. Where to Go for Further Help
    17. Do Hospitals Report Medical Errors
    18. How to Report a Medical Error, Patient Harm, or Dangerous Conditions 
    19. Submit a Review About Your Hospital Experience                                                                                                         and more.

Download the app today from the App Store for Apple devices or Google Play Store for Android devices.