Patient Safety--Hospital Stays

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

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:

Hospital stays can be very worrisome and scary when you find yourself as an inpatient. Diagnoses are unknown, unfamiliar equipment is being used and you are in an unfamiliar environment.

Patients and their advocates should be informed and involved in their health care. While in the hospital you can help ease concerns by participating in your care.

If alarms are sounding and you are unfamiliar with the sound, speak up. Use and encourage open communication between your health care team. Always ensure that your care providers are washing their hands and verifying your ID. If not, speak up. Ask your health care provider what risks you may be associated with while in the hospital.

If or when your team begins a procedure or test, speak up. Ensure youre informed in regards to the care you are receiving. Tell your health care provider if something does not seem right.

It takes health care providers working with you the patient to ensure you are provided top notch care.

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