The safety of patients is a fundamental part of health care. Every point in the process of care giving involves a certain degree of risk. Although hospitals, clinics, doctor's offices, and other medical personnel take many steps to keep their patients safe, medical errors (also referred to as adverse effects) can happen. Maximizing patient safety means reducing medical errors and minimizing the risk of undesired effects.
Patient Safety and Preventive Measures
Patient safety focuses on how hospitals and other health care organizations protect their patients from errors, injuries, accidents, and infections. It's up to all of us to make sure that patient safety is the number one priority. There are measures we can all take to protect ourselves and our loved ones.
The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is charged with protecting the public from unreasonable risks of injury or death associated with the use of the thousands of types of consumer products under the agency's jurisdiction. Find out about the product recalls and safety news from the CPSC.
Misuse of medication is on the rise on the United States, especially among the elderly, as they are more likely to be taking prescription drugs. It is important to be familiar with your prescribed medications.
X-Ray and Radiation Information
Get answers to your questions related to the many radiologic procedures and therapies available. This resource provides you with information, whether you're preparing for a baseline mammogram, learning more about your child's x-ray, or researching radiation oncology (cancer therapy) procedures.