Things we Need Remember When we Are Under Medical Treatment

Medical malpractice happened because of negligence shown by doctor or nurse while giving treatment to patient. The medical malpractice can be any type like delayed diagnosis, surgical errors, Medication errors, drug interactions and Medical procedure errors.  Medical error any type but it leads to critical problems to patients sometimes it leads to death.

Here I am explaining the few instructions if we follow them definitely we would be out of medical malpractice when you are in hospital.

1) Make sure your doctors and nurses know all of your medical history, such as past surgeries and medical conditions. Make sure they all know every medication you are taking, in what amount and why. Write down all of this information and keep it with you as well, so that it can be made part of your medical chart.

2) Make sure all health care workers wash their hands before working with you. Research shows that frequent and consistent hand-washing cuts down hospital infection rates. Infections are one of the leading causes of prolonged hospital stays and additional medical care. You have the right to ask a provider to wash their hands if you don’t see them do it.

 3) Mark your surgical site. Good surgeons will mark surgical sites with their initials while the patient is awake and participating. Consider marking the site yourself, and making sure that a potentially incorrect site (like the opposite knee or hand) says “no” as well. “Wrong-site” surgeries should never happen, but often do.

4) Research your doctor and hospital. Much information is available online or from your health department, or other sources. Information about complication rates, patient satisfaction, medical malpractice and disciplinary actions is available from many sources.

 5) Keep yourself as healthy as possible. Research shows that generally healthy patients have better outcomes and suffer fewer complications than obese, chronically ill, or otherwise compromised patients. Smoking, drinking to excess, drug use and poor diet can all make it more difficult for your doctor to treat you successfully. In addition, avoiding serious medical care will help avoid potential negligence in the delivery of that care. The best way to avoid a hospital infection is to stay out of the hospital!

 6) If you get a test done, do not assume that “no news is good news”. Insist on finding out the actual results, even if you have to call the office yourself to check.

7) Trust your instincts. You have a right to be informed and to understand your treatment. If something seems wrong with your care, speak up. Likewise, if you are not feeling well when you should be recovering, call the doctor or go the hospital.