TMC takes patient safety very seriously. We have patient safety programs to ensure the safety of our patients while in our hospital. Patients can also help in keeping safe. Below are the programs and tips which make patient safety a priority.

Patient Safety Programs

The Partnership for Patients: A public-private partnership to improve the quality, safety and affordability of health care for all Americans, the partnership brings together leaders of major hospitals, employers, physicians, nurses and patient advocates along with state and federal governments in a shared effort to make hospital care safer, more reliable and less costly.

5 Million Lives Campaign: We participate in a national campaign aimed at reducing medical errors, which can lead to patient harm.
Medication Safety- comprehensive program to reduce medication errors.

Falls Reduction: We reduce falls by performing an assessment of each patient’s individual risk for falling, sharing this information with the patient’s care team, and intervening to decrease the patient's risk of falling.

It’s OK to Ask - A Hand-Washing Program: The most effective way to reduce the spread of infection is through handwashing.

Pressure Ulcer Reduction: A head-to-toe skin assessment is part of our standard care.

Speak Up

TMC encourages our patients to be involved with their care as a strategy to reduce errors and help keep health care safe. The SPEAK UP program encourages patients to ask questions and discuss safety concerns.

  • S: Speak up if you have questions or concerns. If you don’t understand, ask again. It’s your body and you have a right to know.
  • P: Pay attention to the care you are receiving. Make sure you’re getting the right treatments and medications by the right health care professionals. Don’t assume anything.
  • E: Educate yourself about your diagnosis, the medical tests you are undergoing and your treatment plan.
  • A: Ask a trusted family member or friend to be your advocate.
  • K: Know what medications you take and why you take them. Medication errors are the most common health care mistake.
  • U: Use a hospital, clinic, surgery center or other type of health care organization that has undergone a rigorous on-site evaluation based on established state-of-the-art quality and safety standards.
  • P: Participate in all decisions about your treatment. You are the center of the healthcare team.

Patient Safety Tips

Write down all your medications and share with your medical team. Carry a list with you and keep it up to date. Go to to get a form.

  • As a patient, learn the meaning of different hospital wrist bands and leave yours at home to avoid confusion.
  • Wash your hands frequently and ask your visitors and caregivers to do the same.
  • Make sure your caregiver checks your identification before administering medications, treatments or procedures.
  • Bring a family member or friend with you to the hospital and all medical visits to help write down information and ask questions.

Patient Safety Videos

Below find a 15-minute patient safety video (one in English, the other in Spanish) that outlines some of the precautions patients can take to ensure a speedy recovery without extra complications.