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A patient checklist can be a simple and efficient tool to help you better understand and manage the realities of complex, often confusing care in a busy hospital setting. An informed and involved patient is a safer patient because care today is often fragmented and rushed. Ask questions. Speak up. Trust your instincts — you know yourself best. Bring a friend or family member with you if you can to advocate for you. However, whether you have an advocate or are on your own these practical suggestions can help you partner more effectively with your doctors and nurses for better, safer care during a hospital stay.            
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