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March 25, 2020--On Monday night, the literary agent, editor and publisher Andrew Blauner sent his contacts a PDF of "The Patient's Checklist" by Elizabeth Bailey...Blauner wanted people to have access to the text should they fall ill and have to go to the hospital. "You can send this version to anyone you'd like, anyone you think might be helped by it. It's the book which [doctor and author] Atul Gawande said 'could save your life.' "

"a godsend"

Elizabeth Bailey


"Elizabeth Bailey's book could save your life.  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.” 

- Atul Gawande

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

"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."

- Christiane Northrup

M.D., ob/gyn physician and author of the bestsellers Women's Bodies, Women's Wisdom and the Wisdom of Menopause

"Elizabeth Bailey's book puts a human face on the devastating toll medical errors have on patients and their families...imagine what the simple checklists in this book can do for you."

- Peter J. Pronovost

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


10 Checklists That Could Save Your Life

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.


Inside the Book


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



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Elizabeth Bailey

Elizabeth Bailey is a patient advocate and author. Her first book, The Patient’s Checklist: 10 Simple Checklists to Keep You Safe, Sane and Organized, was called “ a godsend” by The New York Times. As a producer, director, and VP of music video production for several record labels, Elizabeth Bailey used checklists to oversee hundreds of music videos for a wide range of artists. While helping her father through a long hospitalization that was the result of medication errors and failures in communication along the care continuum, she realized how her production checklists could be adapted to help patients better manage complex care. She left the music business to work on The Patient’s Checklist while also earning a Masters in Health Advocacy from Sarah Lawrence College. She has worked as a Patient Advocate at a major teaching hospital in New York City and currently consults on an individual basis with patients and families. She is working on her second book, The Caregiver’s Checklist, based on her experience of caring for her father for the last decade of his life. She lives with her husband and son in New York City.

The Patient's Checklist Author

Elizabeth Bailey