Friday, March 4, 2011

Patient Safety

The following resources supply information that you can use at home, at the doctor's office, in the hospital, in the pharmacy, in the grocery store, even shopping on the Internet!

[From the National Patient Safety Foundation]
Including specific steps you can take in the following areas:
  • Becoming a more informed health care consumer
  • Keeping track of your history
  • Working with your doctor and other health care professionals as a team
  • Involving a family member or friend in your care
  • Following the treatment plan agreed upon by you and your doctor

[From the UCSF Medical Center]
Recommendations include:
  • When your doctor writes you a prescription, make sure you can read it.
  • Ask for information about your medicines in terms you can understand — both when your medicines are prescribed and when you receive them.
  • When you are being discharged from the hospital, ask your doctor, nurse or pharmacist to explain the treatment plan you will use at home.

[From the National Patient Safety Foundation]
Recommendations include:
  • Wash your hands carefully after handling any type of soiled material.
  • Since you are part of your healthcare team, do not be afraid to remind doctors and nurses about washing their hands before working with you.
  • Let your nurse know if your dressings become loose or wet.

[From the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA)]
  • Tips for buying medicines, medical devices, and radiation-emitting products
  • Summaries of recent safety alerts, prompted by reports received by FDA from health care professionals and their patients
  • Advice on how to report fraudulent or dangerous products

[From the UCSF Medical Center, Department of Radiology]

You can find more patient safety resources on the UCSF Patient Health Library's Health Information Websites page.