the patients checklist book cover The Patients Checklist, 10 simple checklist to keep you safe, sand and organized. Elizabeth Bailey

“The book will be a godsend for concerned friends and relatives trying to rein in the chaos. Bravo to [Bailey] for turning that all too common misery to a constructive end.” – Abigail Zuger, MD

“Elizabeth Bailey’s book could save your life. And it’s cool. I’ve been pushing for people to understand how checklists work and can be made to empower them. Bailey has done precisely this for patients — that is for all of us.”

Surgeon, writer, public health researcher and New York Times bestselling author of The Checklist Manifesto

“Elizabeth Bailey’s book puts a human face on the devastating toll medical errors have on patients and their families and clearly shows that when we use checklists to improve the quality of care, we save lives. I have seen the power of this important tool; using checklists in a hospital setting, we nearly eliminated blood-stream infections, a preventable disease that kills about as many people every year as breast cancer. Imagine what the simple checklists in this book can do for you.”

MD. PhD. FCCM, co-author of Safe Patients, Smart Hospitals: How One Doctor's Checklist Can Help Us Change Health Care from the Inside Out

“The Patient’s Checklist should be in the hands of all families in the event of a hospital stay. The information could save your or a loved one’s life.”

M.D., ob/gyn physician and author of the New York Times bestsellers: Women’s Bodies, Women's Wisdom and The Wisdom of Menopause

From a trip to the emergency room to open heart surgery, all patients can experience not just perplexing and impersonal care but serious communication failures among care providers and basic safety issues that can put them at risk. That’s why The Patient’s Checklist is so important. These checklists can play a big role in helping patient and family both guard against human error and improve communication and compassion in hospital care.

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10 checklists
  1. Before You Go
  2. What to Bring
  3. During Your Stay
  4. Master Medication List
  5. Daily Medication Log
  6. Daily Journal
  7. Discharge Plan
  8. Insurance
  9. Doctor Contacts
  10. Family & Friends Contacts List
Elizabeth Bailey

Elizabeth Bailey is a Patient Advocate and the Author of The Patient’s Checklist: 10 Simple Hospital Checklists to Keep You Safe, Sane and Organized (Sterling Publishing) called “a godsend” by The New York Times. The book provides 10 user-friendly checklists to help patients and caregivers navigate the complexities of high-tech hospital care. In addition to The New York Times, The Patient’s Checklist has been featured in USA Today, The Washington Post, NPR Shots, AARP and Reader’s Digest among other sites and publications.

As a producer, director, and Vice-President of Video Production for several record labels, Elizabeth Bailey used checklists to oversee hundreds of music videos for a wide range of artists that included Whitney Houston, Sheryl Crow and Metallica among others. While helping her father through a long hospitalization — a result of medication error — she realized how checklists could be adapted to empower patients during a hospital stay. She embarked on a career change, working on The Patient’s Checklist for several years and enrolling at Sarah Lawrence College where she is currently completing studies for a Master's in Health Advocacy. She has worked as a Patient Advocate at a major teaching hospital in New York City and is a featured speaker on improving the patient experience at healthcare conferences.