12 Patient Tips on How to Prevent Medical Errors

Although everyone would like to 100 percent trust in their medical providers’ capabilities and service when they receive care, patients don’t always have that luxury. Below are a few tips, primarily gleaned from an Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality fact sheet, which can help you avoid medical malpractice and becoming another statistic.

12 Useful Tips on How to Prevent Medical Errors

  • If you have any questions or concerns, or you don’t fully understand a diagnosis, treatment, or recommendation, speak up. Ask whoever is involved in your care.
  • Be extremely thorough when providing your symptoms and medical history and double check to ensure that all of your doctors have your health information.
  • Don’t be afraid to obtain second and third opinions, and question any recommended treatments if you’re unsure of its purpose or necessity.
  • Have a friend or family member go with you to your appointments as not only a comfort, but to take notes and help you remember what the doctor said.
  • Tell all of your doctors what medications and supplements you are taking, including the dosage and frequency. When prescribed a new drug, ask your doctor, “Are you certain this medicine isn’t a contraindication to any of my other prescriptions?”
  • Make sure you tell the doctor about any allergies or adverse reactions to drugs that you’ve had.
  • Ask your doctor about potential side effects and any foods, drinks, or activities to avoid while taking a medication.
  • Ask the pharmacist to verify that they medication you are picking up is what the doctor prescribed and ask for written information about the side effects so that you’ll better prepared if you have a reaction.
  • If possible, opt for a hospital with a reputation for treating your type of condition.
  • Prior to surgery, make sure you verbally verify with the doctor and your attendants who you are and what procedure you are to have done.
  • Make sure to do a visual check to ensure your surgery site is correctly marked on your body.
  • When being discharged from the hospital, ask your doctor to explain thoroughly your treatment plan to follow at home.

Proper Help for Victims of Medical Mistakes

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