Having to be in the hospital is scary enough without worrying about whether your stay there is actually making you sicker. Studies show that almost half a million patients die in hospitals each year due to preventable errors. These safety issues include medication errors, infections, and lab mistakes. Here are some steps you can take to protect yourself:
1) Go to the safest hospital on your insurance plan. If you are scheduled for elective surgery you can research your hospital’s health grade here.
2) Ask who is in charge of coordinating your care – nowadays it is typically a specific type of doctor called a hospitalist and not your PCP.
3) Ask questions and find out what doctors are caring for you, what medicines and treatments they recommend, and what their goals are.
4) If you don’t understand the answers you are getting, ask more questions.
5) If you are too sick to ask questions, designate a family member to talk with the doctors and nurses caring for you.
6) Before you leave the hospital make sure you understand what medicines you should be taking, when you need to follow up with your doctor, and whether there are any restrictions to your activities at home.
We have attorneys who specialize in medical negligence cases. If you or a loved one has been injured as a result of medical care and treatment you received in a hospital or urgent care or at a doctor’s office, you may be eligible for compensation.
Please contact us so that we may give you a free consultation.
Author: Serena C. Montague
Publication Date: March 31, 2016