PATIENT SAFETY INFORMATION
Be involved in your healthcare.
Speak up if you have questions or concerns about your care. Check your wrist band, make sure it is correct.
One of the keys to getting the best health care is to be an active member of your health care team. This means taking part and being involved in every decision about your care. This also means asking a member of your health care team questions, so that you can make informed choices. It means coming prepared for your medical treatment and knowing what to do when you go home.
What you should know - you should understand as much as you can about any:
Here are some good ways to ask questions:
Tell a member of your healthcare team about your past illnesses and your current health condition.
You are the one who knows the most about your health. Tell the members of your health care team everything you can, even if you think they already know, and even if you think it is not important.
Tell them if:
Bring all of your medicines with you when you go to the hospital or to a medical appointment.
Some medicines combine with each other in your body and produce bad reactions. To protect you, your health care team must know about everything you take. This includes the drugs you take with a doctor’s prescription.
It also includes other medicines you buy, such as:
When you are going to the hospital or to a medical appointment, put all of your medicines in a bag and take them with you. Always keep your medicine in the bottle it came in. If you cannot bring the medicines with you, another good thing to do is to keep a list of everything you take. Keep this list up to date and bring this list with you when you go to the hospital or to a medical appointment. Your doctor and pharmacist can help you make this list.
Tell a member of your healthcare team if you have ever had an allergic or bad reaction to any medicine or food.
If you get sick, your health care team may have to act fast. Before they give you any medicine, they need to know if you could have a bad reaction to it. That’s why you should tell them in advance about any allergy or reaction you have ever had to any medicine or food.
Reactions can include rashes, headaches, breathing trouble, and feeling sick. Because some medicines have food in them (such as the eggs used in the flu shot), be sure to talk about your food allergies too. Tell a member of your team right away if a new medicine makes you feel unwell. If you do not know if you have allergies, you can get tested. Don’t wait until you get sick to tell people about your allergies. Some people wear an ID bracelet such as MedicAlert™. This tells the health care team about your allergies when you can’t tell them yourself.
Make sure you know what to do when you go home from the hospital or medical appointment.
When you are getting ready to go home from the hospital or after a medical treatment, ask as many questions as you can to make sure you understand what you need to do when you go home. You can write this information down or it may be helpful to have a family member or friend with you to write it down.
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Information Source: http://www.oha.com/patientsafetytips