Usually, when you have the need to visit an emergency room, the conditions surrounding your visit are stressful. As such, it can be easy to get distracted or be so caught up in the moment that you fail to articulate your symptoms and injuries as clearly as you should. At Futterman, Sirotkin & Seinfeld, LLP, we have helped many people in New York to learn about the benefits of being well-informed patients and understanding the importance of full disclosure.
One of the very first and most basic things you will do upon your arrival at the ER is to tell your doctor a little bit about you. Generally, this will happen in the form of documents that you fill out and return to a nurse. Questions about your health history, the symptoms you are currently experiencing and any medical conditions that are prevalent in your family’s history will all be considered before a recommendation is made regarding your treatment.
According to the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, you present a larger risk if you have suffered chronic health conditions, are an elderly person, have challenges with literacy or have history of abnormal vital signs. You should always, especially if you experience any of the aforementioned risks, be extremely clear in telling your health care provider about your history and health care needs.
When you think ahead of time about how you want to deliver your personal information to your doctor and what questions you want to ask, you can be better prepared to communicate your needs to your doctor. For more information about how to avoid emergency room mistakes, visit our web page.