How to be a Safer Patient
Tips brought to you by DuPont Sustainable Solutions
|1. When doctors or other clinical staff are communicating information to you about your care, medications or procedures, always ask questions if there's something you don't understand.||6. If you are facing surgery, be sure to talk with your caregivers to confirm the correct surgery site before you receive anesthesia or have a family member work to confirm for you.|
|2. Be sure to tell your caregiver about any medications you are or have been taking including vitamin or nutritional supplements.||7. If your child is the patient, ask questions to make sure that the hospital or emergency room has child-sized supplies or equipment since children are not small adults.|
|3. Don't rush through any forms you are asked to sign in the hospital. Be sure you understand the details of what you are agreeing to.||
8. If you have hearing or vision problems, make sure your caregivers know that.
|4. If you or a loved one is feeling weak the chances of a fall increases. Never hesitate to ask for assistance so that a dangerous fall can be avoided. Also never lean on furniture with wheels at home or in the hospital.||9. If you have any medication or food allergies, make sure your caregivers know that.|
|5. Make sure you observe caregivers washing their hands before they care for you. Don't be afraid to speak up to avoid a possible life-threatening infection.||10. If people you have never seen enter your room, always ask to see their identification.|
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