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Best hospital ratings evaluate health care, not amenities

April 2014

There’s nothing wrong with a few frills at the hospital to help make a stressful time more pleasant for patients and visitors. But they shouldn’t be the priority.  There are lots of books geared for consumers, such as Safe & Sound in the Hospital, by Karen Curtiss… Read more…









Health Care’s ‘Dirty Little Secret’: No One May Be Coordinating Care

April 30, 2104

Betsy Gabay saw a rotating cast of at least 14 doctors when she was hospitalized at New York Hospital Queens for almost four weeks last year for a flare-up of ulcerative colitis. But the person she credits with saving her life is a spry, persistent 75-year-old with a vested interest — her mother. Read more…







Hospital patients need an advocate at their side to avoid medical errors

April 29, 2013

Wanted: an advocate for a hospital patient. Long hours, no pay. Must be articulate, assertive, able to ask tough questions and stay cool under pressure. Blood relative or close friend preferred. Knowledge about the health-care system a plus. Read more…







5 Tips for Staying Safe in the Hospital: A Checklist

April 30, 2013

It would be ideal to have Dr. Marcus Welby looking in on you and coordinating everything, and giving you a big reassuring smile but that’s not the reality right now,” said Karen Curtiss, who wrote a handbook about managing the care of a hospitalized relative, based on her own experiences… read more





How to Keep Your Loved One Safe in the Hospital: Karen Curtiss shares hard-won advice for patient advocates.

Bill Aydt was lucky, at first. He was in the final stages of a disease that had thickened his lung tissue beyond repair when a transplant came through. With a new lung and a great prognosis, but  few weeks later, tired of waiting for a nurse to escort him back to bed from the bathroom, Aydt attempted the trek on his own and fell. That marked the start of a devastating recovery that ultimately wasn’t. Read more…








Pediatrician, Thad Woodard, hosts Karen Curtiss on his call-in show. 

One in three hospital patients are accidentally harmed every year in U.S. hospitals. Our guest, Karen Curtiss, on Line One: Your Health Connection, is working to help patients learn how to help prevent medical accidents. Listen here…





U.S. News Talks with Karen Curtiss, author of “Safe & Sound in the Hospital”

Published on Mar 27, 2013

Karen Curtiss talks about about how to help keep your loved ones safe from accidents and infections in the hospital.  Watch the interview…









A Patient’s Guide: How To Stay Safe In a Hospital

February 4, 2012

Propping up a patient’s hospital bed at a 30-degree angle can help prevent hospital-acquired pneumonia. Using alcohol wipes kills staph bugs, but you need bleach wipes to kill C. diff germs.  Read more…





Meaningful Patient Empowerment in the Era of Health Care Reform
January 29, 2012

Recent research warns about the deadly consequences of medical mistakes and the importance of meaningful patient participation in their own healthcare.  Karen Curtiss is a featured guest on Shannon Brownlee’s podcast.
Listen to podcast here









Safe & Sound in the Hospital is Endorsed on The Doctors TV Show
January 23, 2013

In their show focusing on how to prevent medical errors,  Safe & Sound in the Hospital is shown and endorsed by The Doctors on TV!




Karen Curtiss Interviewed About Her Role Model for Healthy Living
January 22, 2013

Karen Curtiss is interviewed about her role model for healthy living, her mother, Margaret Aydt!

Read More at Your Health Journal by Len Saunders




Karen Curtiss is Interviewed on the “Thought Leaders One-to-One” Podcast Series
January 18, 2012

One in three patients is accidentally harmed in U.S. hospitals every year, according to a 2011 Health Affairs study…
Read more/listen to Podcast





Karen Curtiss Is Profiled As An Entrepreneur In The Daily Herald
October 1, 2012

An interview with Karen Curtiss, president of PartnerHealth in Lake Forest and author of “Safe & Sound in the Hospital: Must-Have Checklists and Tools for Your Loved One’s Care.” Read More…










Safety tops nursing conference agenda

August 20, 2012, Pomona

Karen Curtiss plays with paper dolls on a regular basis, but they aren’t an exercise in scissor art to her – they illustrate some crucial, and troubling, data about patient safety in hospitals. Read more


Hospital bug twice as deadly as feared: The faces of C. diff victims
August 15, By Peter Eisler, USA Today

Bill Aydt, of Florida, died at 72 in 2005. The father of six had a successful lung transplant and was told he’d golf again in months. But he died seven months later after getting a series of infections, including C. diff. His daughter, Karen Curtiss, founded CampaignZERO to educate patients on guarding against infection risks. Read more…


What you need to know before you or a loved one go into the hospital

Handbook offers advocacy strategies that can help prevent problems

August 15, 2012, By Bonnie Miller Rubin, Chicago Tribune

Most people know they should have an advocate with them when they go into the hospital. But they don’t know how to be a good advocate for others. Read more…



How to Keep Loved Ones Safe & Sound in the Hospital

Personal experiences motivated Karen Curtiss’ book on avoiding hospital hazards

August 27, 2012

Anyone facing a hospital stay has probably heard the advice: Take someone with you. After all, patients need a loved one to lend support, ask questions and serve as a care partner and advocate, right?
But without medical training or experience, how do those care partners know what to ask, how to ask or what precautions to take? Too often, they aren’t prepared.
Karen Curtiss certainly wasn’t prepared for the series of medical errors that struck her family. Read more…








Bedside Manner: Advocating for a Relative in the Hospital

Don’t go to the hospital alone, if you can possibly avoid it.

October 28, 2008, By Melinda Beck, The Wall Street Journal

A friend of mine slipped on the sidewalk recently and broke her hip. She had surgery in one of the best hospitals in the country.
But it was my friend’s grown daughter who noticed that she was having an adverse reaction to a pain medication. And that her IV drip had pulled out of a vein and was pumping her arm full of fluid. And that the hot compresses to reduce the swelling in her arm had left blisters on her skin. And that the blood-sugar test she was about to be given was meant for her roommate instead. Read more…