Patient Safety 4

Thursday, March 07, 2013

With attention increasing on the incidence of infection in hospitals, patients everywhere need sensible principles to manage their own health care and become active partners with their health care teams. Dr. Edward Hill continues his week-long look at patient safety in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

Infections can occur after many types of medical procedures. This is particularly true if you are having surgery. There are several things you can do to help prevent infections from developing in the hospital:

Dont be afraid to ask questions about your care so that you may fully understand your treatment plan and expected outcomes.

If you have diabetes, be sure that you and your doctor discuss the best way to control your blood sugar before, during and after your hospital stay. High blood sugar increases the risk of infection noticeably.

If you are a smoker, you should consider a smoking cessation program. This will reduce the chance of developing a lung infection while in the hospital and may also improve your healing abilities following surgery.

Dont be afraid to ask questions about your care so that you may fully understand your treatment plan and expected outcomes. You will be able to recover more easily if you know what is to be expected.

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