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Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Health Tip: Avoid Medical Mistakes

  • Ask plenty of questions, especially about tests, medications or other treatments you receive.
  • Confirm that each health care worker you see knows your medical history, including any allergies and medications you take.
  • Bring along a friend or family member to help ensure that your care is safe and effective.
  • Check your prescriptions at the pharmacy to be sure they're correct.
  • Request that any staff member administering your medications looks at your hospital ID bracelet each time.
  • Ask staff to wash their hands before they examine or touch you.

I think the last three items are extremely important and if you tell them up front you are going to always ask them to wash and check your ID it might not ruffle their feathers quite so much.  They should appreciate the reminders and actually thank you..

It's good advice to check your prescriptions before you leave the drugstore.......just recently I left the drugstore without checking the RX and what an inconvenience it is to have to travel back and wait for it again.

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