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As part of its commitment to patient safety, the Ontario Hospital Association, in partnership with the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care, has recently launched a Patient Safety Tips Campaign.

Patients have an important role to play at each stage of their care and the five safety tips will serve to encourage them to be more involved in their health care.

Your Health Care – Be Involved!

The five Patient Safety Tips are:

  • Be involved in your health care. Speak up if you have questions or concerns about your care.
  • Tell a member of your health care team about your past illnesses and your current health condition.
  • Bring all of your medicines with you when you go to the hospital or to a medical appointment.
  • Tell a member of your health care team if you have ever had an allergic or bad reaction to any medicine or food.
  • Make sure you know what to do when you go home from the hospital or from your medical appointment.

For more information on the Patient Safety Tips Program, please visit the Ontario Hospital Association‘s Web site.

New pamphlet for patients gives tips for staying safe

Patients can do a lot of small things to make their health-care experience as safe as possible.

Hospitals are places of recovery and healing but there are also safety risks for patients, such as infections, falls and medication errors that can happen despite our best efforts.

This useful brochure, entitled “Take charge of your safety: Helpful tips for patients and their families,” provides a number of helpful tips to help patients and their families stay safe.

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