Good communication can lead to better health care. It’s National Patient Safety Awareness Week, and local health professionals are offering some tips for how you can help improve the medical services you receive.
Officials at Pulaski Memorial Hospital encourage patients to ask questions and make sure they understand the answers. They say it’s also a good idea to keep a list of all the prescription and non-prescription medicines you take, and bring it with you when you see the doctor.
Any time you undergo a test or procedure, make sure you get the results, and don’t assume that if you don’t hear anything, the results are fine. Hospital officials also suggest talking to your doctor before choosing which hospital is best for your specific needs. Finally, if you’re getting surgery, make sure you, your doctor, and your surgeon all understand exactly what will be done.