Protecting Yourself in a Hospital

If an emergency occurs and you end up in the hospital, there are steps you can take to help protect yourself from hospital negligence. First off, you need someone with you such as a family member or friend who will ask questions about your condition, prescribed medications, and details regarding your treatment.

With every pharmaceutical prescribed, be sure to examine the pill and ask what the dosage is. This is one way to help prevent medication errors. Then ask about all the side effects associated with that pharmaceutical and inquire about any interactions it may have with the drugs you are taking currently.

Be Cautious with Resident Physicians

During the day, you may be treated by a young physician-in-training or resident physician. These aspiring doctors are supposed to be training under the supervision of a senior attending physician, but this is not always the case. Other doctors may have other duties they are focusing on, or the residents may not seek the assistance of more experienced doctors when dealing with surgical problems. Therefore, if you have a question about your treatment and do not get a thorough answer from a young physician-in-training, insist on speaking to a senior attending physician.

When you are discharged from the hospital, make sure you fully understand all post-operative instructions. Many Arizona patients will sign the forms in order to leave the hospital as soon as possible, only to get home and have questions about their recovery.

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