Medical error statistics are shocking. It is estimated that nearly 440,000 people die each year due to medical errors. This means that medical errors are the third-leading cause of death. The good news is that there are steps patients can take to prevent medical errors. Below is a list of tips that will help:
Medical mistakes often occur because patients are taking medications that interact with each other. That is why you will need to let your doctors know about all of the medications you are taking. And don’t forget about any dietary supplements either; tell your doctor!
It’s a good idea to put all of your supplements and medications in a bag and take them to your doctor’s appointment. This will ensure that your doctor will be able to keep your records up-to-date and know exactly what you are taking. You will also be able to get better care from your doctor.
Your doctor should know about any allergies you have. If you had an adverse reaction to medication in the past, then you will need to let your doctor know that as well. Even if you think you may or may not be allergic to something, speak up. This will prevent your doctor from prescribing a medication that can potentially harm you.
It is important to find out as much about a medication as you can before you decide to take it. What will this medication be used for? How long will you have to take it? What are the side effects? What increases your chances of having side effects? What types of activities, foods and drinks should you avoid while taking this medication? There are no dumb questions, so ask away!
This goes for both you and the healthcare workers you come into contact with. If you are in the hospital, it’s ok to make sure all healthcare workers wash their hands. Handwashing is one of the best ways to prevent the spread of disease.
More is not necessarily better when it comes to healthcare. That is why if a doctor recommends a test or treatment, then you should ask if it is really necessary.
If you have any medical concerns, give us a call right away here at Urgent 9.