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Patient Safety

Patient Safety is one of the most important aspects of health care. Dean Health Plan is committed to providing you with information that enables you to take an active role in obtaining the safest care possible.

A report by the Institute of Medicine suggests that safe medication practices contribute to improved patient safety and better health. There are several practical steps you can take today that have been demonstrated to reduce the risk associated with medication errors. Some proactive steps you can take:

  1. Make sure your health care practitioner knows all of the medicines you are taking, including vitamins and herbs.
  2. Make sure you can read the prescription from your provider. If you can’t read it, it is possible that the pharmacist can’t either.
  3. Ask for written information about possible side effects of the medicines you are taking.

Learn more about how you can help reduce medication errors at http://www.ahrq.gov/patients-consumers/care-planning/errors/20tips/index.html.

Online resources are available to help you make good decisions about your own health and health care. Quality and patient safety data is available from many organizations, including the Wisconsin Hospital Association and The Leapfrog Group.

DHP encourages all hospitals in its network to report their data.

Additional Resources:

These websites offer quizzes to help assess your health risks:

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