What Is Patient Safety?

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This short animation provides patients with a brief introduction to the basic idea of patient safety. It describes the importance of effective teamwork and learning in hospitals, and some of the hidden dangers of hospital care, particularly medication errors and healthcare acquired infections.

The animation suggests patients use public performance data to understand how safe their hospital is, and points patients to the US Hospital Safety Score developed by the Leapfrog Group. While this score is specific to the US, similar data is published in many other healthcare systems.

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