In a recent article on WebMD, it was discovered that there are more hospital errors once thought or hoped for. Those errors include common hospital errors, medication-related issues, procedure-related mistakes, and hospital-acquired infections. Being involved in your medical hospital experience could help you more than you know. By asking questions to the medical staff, repeating back instruction for confirmation, and getting a broad understanding of your diagnosis and treatment will help you out greatly!
How can you protect yourself from hospital errors?? A few ways stated in the article include: get a second opinion, have an advocate with you (be it a friend, parent, spouse, etc), watch to see if the medical staff wash their hands every time they enter the room, ask what the hospital’s bloodstream infection rate is, go to specialist when possible, get procedures done by doctors with great reputations and years of experience and pay close attention to your discharge instructions.
Find the full article here: http://www.webmd.com/healthy-aging/news/20110407/hospital-errors-may-be-more-common-than-thought