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Monday, March 31, 2014

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 across the country are working to make health care safe. As a patient, you and your family members can make your care safer by being active, involved and informed members of your health care team.

Medical mistakes happen, unfortunately, and are a serious problem in the health care system. Public awareness of medical mistakes and knowing ways to avoid them is an important step in making things better.

The Speak Up program is sponsored by The Joint Commission, which accredits health care 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 issues dealing with patient safety.

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