Health Care Consumers

We all have a role to play in patient safety. As a consumer in the health care system, your voice matters. Lend your support and engage with the United for Patient Safety campaign and Patient Safety Awareness Week. From taking the pledge to support the role you play in patient safety to sharing campaign messages on social media, you can lend your support and help promote this important issue.

Educational Resources

  1. View the "Ask Me 3video on health literacy program designed to promote communication between health care providers and patients.
  2. Download Medication Safety Tips for Patients. Fill out, cut out, and fold the chart below and carry it with you at all times
  3. Review the Universal Patient Compact
  4. Download the full Free from Harm Report and see report highlights.

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The National Patient Safety Foundation salutes Mallinckrodt Pharmaceuticals for their generous support of this year's Patient Safety Awareness Week and their ongoing commitment to patient and workforce safety.