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At some point in our lives, we all are patients. It is important for each of us to be familiar with everyday practices that can help us have a positive, safe experience when we seek health care. It is also important that we pay attention, ask questions, and speak up if something is confusing or seems not right.


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 while in health care settings or during care at home.



Key Facts

What do we mean by patient safety? Learn about some of the common safety challenges in health care. Read more >>>


Tools and Resources

This section contains fact sheets and videos to use or review as you prepare for a medical appointment or a hospital stay. Learn more >>>


If You Experience a Medical Error

What should you do if you think you or a loved one has been the victim of a medical error? Find out more >>>



Links and Further Reading

Many organizations work with the National Patient Safety Foundation to provide resources, information, and help for patients. Find links here >>>


Learning from Others

NPSF is proud to share the stories and comments of patients and families who have experienced medical errors or adverse events. Visit our Patient Narratives section or read Voice of the Patient posts on the P.S. Blog.


Patient Safety in the News

Visit the NPSF monthly e-News archive and stay on top of the latest developments from the patient safety field.




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