You are an important part of your health care team. You can help make your time in the hospital as safe as possible.
Try to take part in every decision about your care. Ask a family member or friend to help you keep track of the details of your treatment. When you are having surgery or are very sick, having another person who can ask questions for you is a big help.
You have the right to question anyone involved with your care. Don't be afraid to ask. If you don't understand a procedure, ask your care provider to explain it to you. Do you have questions about medicines or your treatment? Go ahead and ask. It's okay to speak up if you have concerns about safety.
Follow-up care is a key part of your treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor if you are having problems. It's also a good idea to know your test results and keep a list of the medicines you take.
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Current as of: August 14, 2016
Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
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