For Patients & Consumers
At some point in our lives, we will all be patients. That’s why it is important for everyone to be familiar with everyday practices that can improve patient safety. And it’s just as important to look for the unexpected by paying attention and asking questions.
The pages in this section of our website provide information about what we mean when we talk about patient safety. You will also find here tools and tips to help you stay safe and ensure the safety of your loved ones as you participate in the health care system.
What do we mean by patient safety? Learn about some of the common safety challenges in health care.
Read the NPSF Universal Patient Compact or download fact sheets to use as you prepare for a medical appointment or a hospital stay.
Patient Safety in the News
Visit the Media Center to check the NPSF Monthly E-News archive and stay on top of the latest developments from the field. Also check the P.S. Blog, which offers news, opinion, and the Voice of the Patient column.
This section provides links to documents and other organizations that provide education and advocacy for patients and general information for consumers.
Patients are always welcome participants in the events sponsored by NPSF. Find out what’s coming up, or join our online Patient Safety ListServ discussion forum.