medical errors happen in the hospital. For example,
you may receive the wrong meal or medicine. Here are some things you can ask to
Have you washed your hands? It may sound like an odd thing to ask hospital workers, but doing so can help prevent
Am I the right person?
Make sure hospital workers check your wristband or ask your name before
accepting something. You want your own food, medicine, treatment, and bill—not
How long do I need this? Is it safe? Ask about each step of your care. For example, if you have a
urinary catheter, ask about it. The longer you have a
catheter, the more likely it is you'll get an infection.
What do I do when I go home? Before you leave the hospital, ask your doctor to explain and
write down your treatment plan. Ask about your medicines, what you can or can't
do, and when you can return to work, school, or other activities. If you're
given an instruction sheet, read it and be sure you know what it means.
Before going to a hospital for a surgery or procedure, ask
how often the procedure is done. Research shows that you likely will have better results
when you go to a hospital that has a lot of experience with a health problem or