Become Protected

Become Pro­tect­ed

A safe patient is a pro­tect­ed patient.  But you need to take steps as a patient or fam­i­ly mem­ber to ensure that pro­tec­tion.

Let your health­care pro­fes­sion­als know that you expect them to fol­low every means to keep you safe. Ask ques­tions and speak up if you have any doubts about what is hap­pen­ing. If you see some­thing or feel some­thing that does not seem right, say some­thing.  

Most patients and fam­i­lies are unaware that pre­ventable med­ical errors and hospital-acquired infec­tions occur in hos­pi­tals every day.  They claim hun­dreds of thou­sands of lives each year and leave many more that num­ber injured and emo­tion­al­ly trau­ma­tized.

Know­ing cer­tain key real­i­ties of hos­pi­tal care today can help you or a fam­i­ly mem­ber to min­i­mize the risk of harm. The first, which many patients and fam­i­lies do not know, is that pre­ventable med­ical errors and infec­tions occur in hos­pi­tals every day.  They claim hun­dreds of thou­sands of lives in the Unit­ed States and Cana­da every year and leave many times that num­ber injured and emo­tion­al­ly trau­ma­tized.  In fact, hos­pi­tal harm is the third lead­ing cause of death in the U.S. and Cana­da.  Most of this harm is avoid­able. 

You need to be espe­cial­ly alert to the risk of infec­tions in hos­pi­tals (which take more than 100,000 lives among U.S. and Cana­di­an patients every year), as well as the dan­ger of falls, pres­sure ulcers, sur­gi­cal mishaps and med­ica­tion errors. Most hos­pi­tals know what the best prac­tices are for reduc­ing these risks. You may wish to have a dis­cus­sion with your clin­i­cal care team mem­bers about what they are doing to min­i­mize them in your case. You can find more infor­ma­tion below.

We have includ­ed a num­ber of resources, includ­ing videos, on this site to help keep patients pro­tect­ed and to help fam­i­lies and providers to make patient pro­tec­tion first.  Here are some oth­er help­ful links.   

You can also check out our Ten Rea­sons for Mak­ing Patient  Pro­tec­tion 1stSM, which sets out the kind of care you are enti­tled to expect and the best providers always deliv­er.

When it comes right down to it, no patient or fam­i­ly can ever be expect­ed to know all the steps that can and should be tak­en in their care; but they can and should expect that health­care work­ers and pro­fes­sion­als do and will.  Nor can they know all the evidenced-based rec­om­men­da­tions and best prac­tices that should be fol­lowed for their safe­ty; but they are enti­tled to rely upon providers and pro­fes­sion­als to fol­low them.  

Mak­ing sure that more patients and fam­i­lies insist upon a safer health­care cul­ture, and more providers respond to that call, is the dri­ving force behind the cre­ation of The Cen­ter for Patient  Pro­tec­tion and its cam­paign to make Patient  Pro­tec­tion 1stSM.

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