Patient Safety 1

Monday, March 04, 2013

Patient safety is everyones responsibility in a health care setting. Patients can take a proactive role in making sure they are cared for in a safe manner. Dr. Edward Hill explains more in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

Everyone has a role in making health care safe. Health care organizations all across the country are working to make health care safe. As a patient, you can make your care safer by being an active, involved and informed member of your health care team.

Medical mistakes are a serious problem in the health care system. Public awareness of the problem is an important step in making things better.

The Speak Up program is sponsored by The Joint Commission, which accredits healthcare organizations. These efforts to increase patient awareness and involvement are also supported by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.

The program gives simple advice on how you can help make health care a good experience. Research shows that patients who take part in decisions about their own health care are more likely to get better faster. This week, well take a closer look at the programs recommendations and other issues dealing with patient safety.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.