Guest Blogger

Elizabeth Bailey

Elizabeth Bailey

Elizabeth Bailey is a Health Advocate and the Author of The Patient’s Checklist: 10 Simple Checklists to Keep You Safe, Sane and Organized . The book provides 10 user-friendly, common-sensed based checklists to help patients and caregivers navigate and better manage and monitor the complexities of high tech hospital care.

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, Sarah McLachlan, Metallica and Rod Stewart. While helping her father through a long hospitalization that was the result of medication errors and miscommunication, she realized how production checklists could be adapted to help patients partner with their providers to get better, safer care. She embarked on a career change, working on The Patients 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 Representative at a major teaching hospital in New York City. She lives with her husband, son and dog in New York City.

You can visit her website ThePatientsChecklist.com, follow her on Twitter @PatientPOV and connect on Facebook.

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Blog Posts by Elizabeth Bailey

  • Support for You When Your Baby is in the NICU

    Support for You When Your Baby is in the NICU

    The time your baby is in the NICU is always very stressful for parents.  First and foremost is your constant concern for your infant. There can be many ups and downs in the NICU and often your infant’s status can change very rapidly. One day your baby may be doing really well and the next, […]

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  • Tracking Your Baby’s Daily Care in the NICU

    Tracking Your Baby’s Daily Care in the NICU

    The more informed and engaged you are, the more involved you will be with your baby’s care in the NICU. You are your baby’s primary advocate. Here are some suggestions to enable you to be the best advocate for your baby.

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  • Your Baby’s NICU Care Team

    Your Baby’s NICU Care Team

    Today’s post offers parents some information on who may be part of their baby’s care team in the NICU – and what, in general, their roles may be. There may be many different members on your baby’s care team – especially in a Level III NICU. These care providers may rotate in and out based […]

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  • The Different Levels of NICUs

    The Different Levels of NICUs

    A first step to understanding the NICU is learning the lay of the land. Be patient with yourself – you are getting adjusted to a strange and foreign terrain – but it is important to know where and why your baby is in a given NICU. NICUs are generally classified as either Level II or […]

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  • If Your Baby Is in The NICU

    If Your Baby Is in The NICU

    Every expectant mother eagerly awaits the day when she will finally hold her baby in her arms. But for mothers of premature or very sick newborns – that moment is postponed as their baby is whisked away by a team of highly trained physicians and nurses to be cared for in the most high-tech of […]

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  • Checklist 6: Daily Journal

    Checklist 6: Daily Journal

    For the last few days on DrGreene.com I’ve share the first three checklists from my book, The Patient’s Checklist: 10 Simple Checklists to Keep You Safe, Sane and Organized . Today I’m skipping to Checklist 6, The Daily Journal because I think keeping your own health diary is one of the most important things you […]

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  • Checklist 3: During a Hospital Stay

    Checklist 3: During a Hospital Stay

    It is important to get the lay of the land if your child is in the hospital. Here are some important, practical tips to keep in mind to help you get your bearings.

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  • Checklist 2: What to Bring

    Checklist 2: What to Bring

    If your child has scheduled surgery you have time to think about packing some important items – ones that can make your child more comfortable and ones that can promote good hospital hygiene. If, on the other hand you find yourself in the emergency room, you can ask a family member to bring a few […]

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  • Checklist 1: Before You Go

    Checklist 1: Before You Go

    My book, The Patient’s Checklist, grew out of my family’s experience caring for my Dad during a very long hospitalization from an entirely preventable medication error. I learned early on that the single greatest threat to patient safety in hospitals is human error: communication breakdowns resulting from overly fragmented care by overworked doctors and nurses, […]

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  • Handling a Hospital Stay – Checklists Can Help

    Handling a Hospital Stay – Checklists Can Help

    No parent can bear to think about the possibility that one day your child, from injury or illness, may wind up in the hospital. But consider these statistics from the Center for Disease Control:

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