Research and Resources:
To avoid errors, the most effective approach is to actively participate as a member of your healthcare team. This entails being involved in every decision related to your health care. Studies indicate that patients who take a more active role in their care generally achieve superior outcomes.
Providing life-long learning opportunities to improve health outcomes
At the Louise Batz Patient Safety Foundation, we understand the devastating impact that medical errors can have on patients and their families and we are committed to providing resources to help patients and caregivers navigate their healthcare journey.
We believe that changing the system and supporting patients starts with education. That’s why we offer an ever-expanding list of resources and tools to help caregivers, patients and medical providers better understand and address the underlying issues associated with preventable medical errors. To work toward opportunities to give patients the tools they need to be more informed members of their care team, we have developed a series of patient safety guides to support their healthcare experience.
Our hope is that you and your family can use this guide in order to improve the quality of your loved one’s hospital stay. We hope that by using the guide, you will be better equipped to aid the care team in the reduction of adverse events.
Upon receiving news of an impending operation or medical procedure, compile a list of questions and apprehensions to help navigate through the process. These resources will be instrumental in pre-operation meetings, while in the hospital, after being discharged, and for check-up visits. Additionally, consider incorporating personal questions addressing emotions and worries, and consult the Batz Guide for Bedside Advocacy for assistance.
You and Your Health Education and Advocacy Guides for Adults
The goal of this venture is to empower Head Start families to assume a dynamic role in their own health through elevating and broadening the quality of health-related services supplied by Family Support Workers (FSWs).
Community Health Guide
This guide aims to empower patients and their families by providing themwith the necessary tools to ask important questions and keep track of informationduring their visits to the primary care physician. Developed in collaboration with Head Start and UT Health, this guide serves as a resource to assist families in taking an active role in managing their children's healthcare.
Breast Cancer Guide
Receiving a cancer diagnosis is one of the scariest and most stressful times in a person’s life and with so many questions and concerns, it is important for patients to have a place to keep notes, refer to for questions, and store information over the course of their treatment.
Filled with places to store records and information, coloring sheets, and questions to ask providers, our pediatric Batz Guide is intended to make hospital stays as safe and stress-free as possible while providing families with an opportunity to engage and discuss medical care with their children.
Pediatric NICU Guide
The Batz NICU Guide was born out of the need to provide special guidance to families of newborns. Giving birth is one of the most amazing experiences in a parent’s life, but when their baby is placed in the NICU, it quickly becomes overwhelming. This book is a tool to help parents and caregivers organize their baby’s healthcare information and can be used to help make the NICU stay as safe as possible.
Pediatric Transplant Guide: Pre -Transplant
This three-part guide is intended to help children and their families answer these questions while also providing a place to store medical information and records of their care before transplant. By utilizing this material, we hope that families will be able to organize their thoughts and questions and ensure the entire continuum of care process is as safe and smooth as possible for the whole family.
Pediatric Transplant Guide II: Transplant and Beyond
This guide is intended to help patients answer pre-during- and post-transplant questions while also providing a place to store medical information and records from pre-surgery to post-care. By utilizing this material, we hope that families will be able to organize their thoughts and questions and ensure the entire continuum of care process is as safe and smooth as possible for the whole family.
Al recibir noticias sobre una operación o procedimiento médico inminente, elabora una lista de preguntas y preocupaciones para ayudarte a navegar por el proceso. Estos recursos serán fundamentales en las reuniones previas a la operación, durante la estancia en el hospital, después del alta y en las visitas de seguimiento. Además, considera incluir preguntas que aborden emociones e inquietudes, y consulta la Guía Batz para la Defensa del Paciente en la Cama para obtener ayuda.
Bij het ontvangen van nieuws over een aanstaande operatie of medische ingreep, stel een lijst op met vragen en zorgen om je te helpen bij het doorlopen van het proces. Deze hulpmiddelen zullen van onschatbare waarde zijn tijdens pre-operatieve bijeenkomsten, in het ziekenhuis, na ontslag en bij controlebezoeken. Overweeg ook om persoonlijke vragen op te nemen die emoties en zorgen aanspreken, en raadpleeg de Batz Gids voor Ondersteuning aan het Bed voor hulp.
Guides from Our Partners
Wonders & Worries
For more than 20 years, Wonders & Worries has provided professional expertise to kids and teens in order to foster their well-being and help them cope with a parent’s serious illness.