A Patient's Guide to Hospitalization

Courtesy Bristol HospitalWelcome to the Connecticut Hospital Association's Quality and Patient Safety Information Website. You should view this as a starting point to educate yourself about hospital options and operations, what to expect from your hospital, and how to be the most effective advocate for your own care or for a family member.

As a consumer of healthcare services, you should learn all you can about the patient experience.  Knowing what to expect when your doctor schedules you for hospital admission, what questions to ask, and how to prepare, can help relieve some of the stress and anxiety you may feel, but more important, it will allow you to be a full partner in ensuring a safe, high quality hospital stay.

Preparing for Hospitalization

Preventing Medical Errors and Infection

Medication Safety

Preparing for Discharge from the Hospital

If Your Child Needs Hospitalization

Information for Older Patients

Informed Decision Making

Finding a Hospital Near You