After a recent health diagnosis, you did some digging and learned about the prevalence of medical errors. How do you avoid becoming a statistic while you work on improving your health?
The American Academy of Family Physicians provides suggestions for sidestepping mistakes in the doctor’s office. Take steps to ensure you do not become a victim of medical malpractice.
Keep your medical team on the same page
Perhaps you see multiple doctors, specialists and pharmacists. If so, do your part to keep them informed of your current prescriptions, supplements, over-the-counter medications and anything else you take for your health. Let your medical care providers know about your recent diagnosis and allergies.
Get clear on your medication
If you take medication, have your doctor and pharmacist break down what you should expect for side effects. When should you see results? What should you do if you miss a dose or take too much? With anything you do not understand, ask questions.
When you pick up a prescription, double-check the label to ensure it has your name on it and the name of the medication your doctor prescribed. Also, check to see that the dosage instructions match what your doctor told you.
Look out for yourself in the hospital
Doctors and nurses may have abundant experience, but that does not mean they do not make mistakes. If you need a medical procedure to treat your diagnosis, research Pennsylvania hospitals well-experienced with your specific operation. Your surgical team and doctor must agree on the surgery you need, why you need it and how to perform it.
Hopefully, you never experience medical malpractice. Understanding your rights and obligations helps keep you safe.