One of the primary patient safety initiatives at Jones Memorial Hospital is encouraging our patients to take an active role in their own health care and SPEAK UP.
Patients can ensure a safer experience with the healthcare system by being involved and informed about their treatment. By asking questions and following through on their doctor's treatment and instructions, patients can take part in the process and gain confidence in the system. Improving patient safety requires continuous learning and the constant communication of information between caregivers, organizations, and patients. You, as the patient, can play a vital role in making your care safe by becoming an active, involved and informed member of your healthcare team. Everyone has a role in patient safety, and everyone will benefit from its success.
S- Speak up if you have questions or concerns, and if you don't understand, ask again. It’s your body and you have the right to know.
P- Pay attention to the care you are receiving. Make sure you’re getting the right treatments and medications by the right health care professionals. Don’t assume anything.
E- Educate yourself about your diagnosis, the medical tests you are undergoing, and your treatment plan.
A- Ask a trusted family member or friend to be your advocate.
K- Know what medications you take and why you take them. Medication errors are the most common health care errors.
U- Use a hospital, clinic, surgery center or other type of health care organization that has undergone a rigorous on-site evaluation against established state-of-the-art quality and safety standards, such as that provided by Joint Commission.
P- Participate in all decisions about your treatment. You are the center of the health care team.
Whether you are a health consumer at home or a patient in the hospital, your safe care is most important. Get involved in your health care and be a part of the patient safety community.
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