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How to Stay Safe in the Hospital

How to Stay Safe in the Hospital

According to the Journal of the American Medical Association, medical negligence is the third leading cause of death in the United States.  Over 440,000 people die each year resulting from hospital-related medical errors.  Following below are a few ways you can keep you can safeguard yourself or a loved one from becoming one of these statistics.

How to Stay Safe in the Hospital

  1. Informed patients and family members are the best defense against medical errors
  2. If something goes wrong, keep a journal and write down what's happening during your stay
  3. Make sure you write the names of health care providers that are involved in patient care (health aides, nurses, doctors, to name a few)
  4. If you do not understand something someone says or does, ask questions
  5. If you are going to the hospital for an elective procedure, try to make sure that your stay does not extend over a weekend; that is when most errors occur
  6. Infections in hospitals are especially serious.  Make sure that every provider who has contact with the patient washes their hands and puts on a new pair of gloves
  7. Make sure your health providers are communicating with each other about your care
  8. You have the absolute right to see your medical record while in the hospital.  If you are experiencing problems with your care, or if you feel something is not right, ask to see your record.
  9. At discharge, make sure you understand all of the paperwork.  If you do not understand something, ask for clarification until you feel sure you know the information.
  10.  If you believe that you have been injured by a medical error, seek legal advice from a lawyer that has extensive experience with medical malpractice cases.
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