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    Know your role in safer health care.

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    Have vital medical information on hand

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    Checklists for your next doctor visit.

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Questions you should ask your Doctor

CHECKLIST: 5 Steps to Safer Health Care >

  1. Ask questions if you have doubts or concerns.
  2. Keep and bring a list of ALL the medicines you take.
  3. Get the results of any test or procedure.
  4. Talk to your doctor about which hospital is best for your health needs.
  5. Make sure you understand what will happen if you need surgery.

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News to Think About

Improving Diagnosis in Healthcare - the Next Imperative for Patient Safety

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Enlist for Safer Healthcare: Tips for Veterans

Posted November 11, 2015. Doctors, nurses and other health care providers dedicate their lives to taking care of patients.  But p...

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Medication Errors Found in 1 out of 2 Surgeries

Posted October 29, 2015. The first study to measure the incidence of medication errors and adverse drug events during the perioperativ...

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When People Don't Understand Their Doctors

Posted October 11, 2015. An estimated 80 million people in the U.S.have limited health literacy, making it difficult to unde...

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IOM Releases Report: Improving Diagnosis in Healthcare

Posted September 24, 2015.The Institute of Medicine just released a new consensus study entitled Improving Diagnosis in Health Care. T...

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Colorado Agencies Will Take Back Unwanted Prescriptions September 26

Posted September 22, 2015.  On September 26 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. agencies across Colorado and the Drug Enforcement Administrati...

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Researchers trying to help you take your medicine

Posted September 8, 2015.  When a doctor tells you to “take two of these and call me in the morning,” he truly means two — not th...

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Rest Assured, Surgeons’ Late-Night Work Doesn’t Cause Patients Harm, Study Says

Posted August 30, 2015. Patients receiving common operations in the daytime fared no worse in the short-term if their attending physic...

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It's Best to Get a Doctor's Note

Posted August 24, 2015.   Virtually all patients have the legal right to read a doctor’s notes after an appointment, yet few do s...

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Study Casts Doubt On Assumptions About Hospital ‘Frequent Fliers’

Posted August 12, 2015.  Super-utilizers are the frequent fliers of the health care system, whose serious illnesses send them to...

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