How to Survive Your Next Hospital Stay
It is estimated that 44,000 people die each year from medical errors they sustain in the hospital. It is the third biggest cause of death in the country—behind heart disease and cancer. This is frightening for the millions of Americans who go to the hospital each year for a variety of medical reasons. Some are critically injured and seeking life-saving medical treatment, others are just there for routine procedures or illnesses. From the emergency room to labor and delivery, hospitals across the country are booming. Unfortunately, busy hospitals and medical staff often translate to more medical errors and an increased chance of sustaining a serious injury.
Come in and Leave Quickly
The less time your hospital stay lasts, the better. Hospitals are full of a variety of serious germs and diseases, and a hospital-acquired infection, such as MRSA, can be lethal. If you need to be treated in a hospital setting, be sure you ask when you can go home and leave as soon as your doctor gives you the green light to be discharged. You can continue therapy and even receive medications from home through a variety of outpatient agencies.
Know Your Medications
It is important to be proactive in your medical care. This means taking the time to inquire about new medications, understand their side effects, and the possible interactions they may have with other medications you are taking. Ask nurses or doctors to explain the reasons behind taking these medications and understand fully how you are supposed to take them and when. Be sure to note the color and shape of every pill you are taking. This will allow you to notice if a pharmacist or nurse dispenses the wrong medication to you by mistake.
Publicize Your Allergies
If you are allergic to specific types of medications, such as penicillin, be sure to tell everyone who gives you medication or hangs IV fluids of your allergy. Insist on wearing an allergy bracelet and show it to anyone who is ready to give you medicine. Alerting nurses and doctors to medication allergies is the best way to avoid potentially lethal allergic reactions.
Seek a Second Opinion
If you receive a diagnosis in the hospital or a recommendation for surgery, be sure you ask to get a second opinion. This will reduce the likelihood of being misdiagnosed or undergoing the wrong surgery or procedure. Getting a second and possibly third opinion introduces others to your care and opens the door for alternative treatment methods.
If you or someone you love has suffered due to a physician or medical professional’s error in Denver, Aurora, Boulder, Commerce City, or anywhere in the State of Colorado, you need a law firm on your side immediately. At Fuller Injury Law, our Denver medical malpractice attorneys will fight aggressively for you, so you can focus on your recovery.
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