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Speak Up: Right ID, Right Care

When you’re in the hospital, nurses are supposed to use “patient identifiers.” This ensures the right patient gets the right kind of care, in the right place, and at the right time. This may include asking your name, birthday, and maybe even your phone number – or, checking your wristband.

Hospitals are busy places. There may be other patients who look like you or have similar names. Make sure you are being identified correctly. If you are concerned, always Speak UP!

Speak Up: Help Prevent Errors in Your Care

See the first in a series of new animated Speak Up™ videos that encourage patients to speak up and be active participants in their health care. Like the other Speak Up materials, the videos are free and can be used by accredited organizations and other interested stakeholders that want to promote the Speak Up message.

Everyone has a role in making health care safe.  That includes doctors, health care executives, nurses and many health care technicians.  Health care organizations all across the country are working to make health care safe.  As a patient, you can make your care safer by being an active, involved and informed member of your health care team.


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Speak Up: Help Prevent Medical Test Mistakes

Medical tests and laboratory tests are important aids for doctors. However, sometimes the wrong test is ordered. Or the test results can be misunderstood.

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