Patient Safety Tips for Any Hospital Visit

If you or a loved one have to visit a hospital or healthcare facility, there are some things you can do in order to avoid problems and medical errors. These suggestions also apply if such a hospital trip is unplanned, in the case of an emergency room visit. First, obtain as much information as possible from reliable sources such as government agencies or healthcare agencies regarding your health issue. Second, be prepared to ask questions about your health condition and its treatment. Third, communicate with your healthcare team regarding your medical history. Be sure to include all medicines you are presently taking, including supplements. Finally, bring a friend who can assist you with questions and advocate on your behalf. If you are scheduled for a surgical procedure, try to schedule the procedure between Tuesday and Thursday when the facilities are more likely to be fully staffed. While medical errors may occur, there are positive steps you should take to avoid them at all costs.