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Patient attentiveness may reduce risk of hospital mistakes

On Behalf of | Dec 4, 2017 | Hospital Negligence |

Each day, New York hospitals facilitate the treatment of thousands of patients requiring medical care. Because of the high volume of patients, each requiring customized treatment, hospital staff are subject to human error from oversight, distraction and even carelessness. Unfortunately, in instances of error, the results can create long-term problems for victims whose overall health may be negatively compromised from the actions of previously trusted health care providers. 

According to a professional source quoted by Web MD, many patients are dangerously passive when it comes to their hospital stay. Their agreeable nature and extensive trust in their health care providers may put them at increased risk of becoming the victim of an error. Patients who require medical treatment should do their best to be proactive about their care including asking questions, verifying personal information and clarifying their treatment options. 

The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality provides patients with several beneficial suggestions of steps they can take to protect themselves when staying in the hospital. These include the following:

  • They should verify that all nurses and doctors providing their treatment have thoroughly washed their hands.
  • They should ask about the purpose of all tests and assessments for a proper understanding of what will happen and what results the outcome should provide.
  • They should verbalize concerns and questions.
  • They should clarify the accuracy of all information related to their past medical history.
  • They should do their own research about conditions, symptoms and treatment options and discuss their findings with their health care provider.

People can also benefit from asking a trusted friend or family member to accompany them on important appointments.