Patient Safety--Communication

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Communication and patient safety go hand in hand. If your loved one is a patient, you are an important member of the health care team as well. Dr. Edward Hill explains why in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

It takes a multitude of different specialties to care for patients in the hospital setting. This oftentimes means handoff and communication between multiple people and departments with a lot of things going on at once.

If you are caring for a loved one in the hospital, you may have questions about why certain tests are being performed, if results are back and what they mean, why certain medications are being given and much more.

During your loved ones stay you are an important part of the team. You should ask questions and request clarification if there is something that you do not understand about your loved ones treatment.

If you have any concerns about anything, bring it to the attention of one of the health care providers. You know your loved one better than anyone, and sometimes you can tell if there are changes that the health care team may not notice right away. Together we can be assured that excellent care is being given.

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