Patient Safety Tips
Every day millions of Americans receive first-rate health care that restores and maintains health. Doctors, nurses and other health care workers are dedicated to keeping patients safe and healthy but, despite the best of intentions, errors occur. Today's health care system is very complex and failure of complex delivery systems is usually what leads to errors — not the single action or decision of an individual. Errors can occur in any health delivery setting: hospitals, clinics, doctors offices, nursing homes, pharmacies, and even care being delivered in your own home.
Hospital Infections Disclosure Act (HIDA) hospital acquired infections are publically reported through South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control's web site. Additional information may be found at Hospital Compare, a site published by the United States Department of Health and Human Services.
Palmetto Health is committed to providing safe care to our patients. There are ways you can help us in the prevention of medical errors. The most important way you can help is by talking to your doctor, nurse, pharmacist, or other health care provider.