Patient Safety 2

Tuesday, March 05, 2013

Everyone can play a role in patient safetyhealth care providers, support staff, patients and visitors. Dr. Edward Hill continues his week-long look at patient safety in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

Patients and their advocates should be informed and involved in their health care. Patients should always be encouraged to speak up if they have questions or concerns about any aspect of their health care.

Here are some examples:

Do not be afraid to ask about safety. If you are having surgery, ask the doctor to mark the area that is to be operated on.

Do not be afraid to tell the nurse or the doctor if you think you are about to get the wrong medicine.

Read all medical forms and make sure you understand them before you sign anything. Ask your doctor or nurse to explain them.

Pay attention to the care you get. Always make sure you are getting the right treatments and medicines by the right health care professionals.

Tell your nurse or doctor if something does not seem right.

Look for information about your condition. Good places to get that information are from your doctor, your library, support groups, and respected websites.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.