Health Tip: Avoid Medical Mistakes11/30/10
(HealthDay News) -- Sometimes, there's nothing you can do to
avoid a medical error.
But the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons says that's not
always the case. Here are steps you can take to reduce your risk of
a medical error at the doctor's office or hospital:
- Ask plenty of questions, especially about tests, medications or
other treatments you receive.
- Confirm that each health care worker you see knows your medical
history, including any allergies and medications you take.
- Bring along a friend or family member to help ensure that your
care is safe and effective.
- Check your prescriptions at the pharmacy to be sure they're
- Request that any staff member administering your medications
looks at your hospital ID bracelet each time.
- Ask staff to wash their hands before they examine or touch
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