Patient Safety

Planning for Your Child’s Health Care Appointment - It’s important to prepare for visits with your child’s doctor(s). Bring this appointment planner to every one of your child’s doctor visits and use it to write down the things you need to do.

20 Tips to Help Prevent Medical Errors - Click on this link to read a patient fact sheet prepared by AHRQ on understanding medical errors and simple, practical ways for patients to actively prevent medical errors.

Tips about Elective Surgery - provides a list of tips and questions to ask before elective surgery to help you prepare for your surgical experience and make it as safe and successful as possible.

New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH) - Center for Consumer Health Care Information, Patient Safety Center - This NYS site has a wide range of information, including patient safety reports, clinical care guidelines, facts sheets, and quality levels of specific providers, hospitals, and nursing homes.

The Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project (HCUP) site - provides national and regional information and statistics on hospital care. HCUP is sponsored by the Agency for Health care Research and Quality. This site allows you to research hospital utilization, access, charges, quality and outcomes, and more.