Speak Up


Your safety is paramount. We ask you to speak up if you have any questions or concerns about your treatment.


Speak up if you have questions or concerns, and if you don’t understand, ask again. You have a right to know.

Pay attention to the care you are receiving. Be an active participant.

Educate yourself about your diagnosis, the medical test you are undergoing, and your treatment plan.

Ask a trusted family member or friend to be your advocate.

Know what medications you take and why you take them. Ask questions if something is unfamiliar.

Use your call light when any alarm has gone off in your room. Also, use your call light any time you need help or want to get out of bed.

Participate in all decisions about your treatment. You are the center of the healthcare team.


Portions of this text have been reprinted with permission of the Joint Commission
on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations.