Patient Safety

The Department of Defense (DoD) Patient Safety Program provides products, services, education and training to help ensure the safe delivery of health care to TRICARE beneficiaries.

How You Can Help

  • Participate in every decision regarding your health care. If you're unable or uncomfortable to talk with your provider, a family member or friend may accompany you and speak on your behalf.
  • Tell your provider about your medications, allergies and any adverse reactions you have to medications.
  • Keep a record of all your medications, vitamins and herbal supplements.
  • Ask what your prescribed medication does and the possible side effects.
  • Know when and how to take your medications.
  • Learn as much as you can about your illness, condition, treatment plan and any tests your doctor may conduct.
  • If you need surgery, make sure you and the surgeon agree on exactly what is going to be done, including the surgeon marking the surgical site.
  • Ask your provider when, where and how you will get the results of a procedure or test.

Last Updated 7/6/2012