The bottles we mean are strictly Rx. Doctors suggest you BRING YOUR ACTUAL PRESCRIPTIONS WITH YOU TO THE HOSPITAL.
“You cut chances of blunders such as missed doses and interactions when the staff sees what you’re taking,” says Tanya Froehlich, MD, an assistant professor of pediatrics at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center.
14. Nix Those Neckties!
Your doctor may come into contact with all kinds of deadly germs and can spread them to you. ASK PHYSICIANS TO TUCK DANGLING TIES (AND NECKLACES) IN THEIR COATS, and have alcohol wipes at the ready to disinfect anything (like pens or medical instruments) that’s touched by many hands and may be contaminated with health hazards.
15. The Fall Season
UP TO 30 PERCENT OF FALLS RESULT IN SERIOUS INJURY–and in hospitals, they often occur when you’re en route to the bathroom. Call for help if you’re unsteady on your feet. And even if you’re not, skid-proof socks help on slippery hospital floors. Bring your own or ask an aide for a pair.
16. The Power Hour
When you’re scheduling surgery, time of day matters: ASK FOR THE SECOND OR THIRD SLOT OF THE MORNING. ”Any kinks in the team’s coordination or machinery are worked out, and the staff’s still well rested,” explains Matthew Buchanan, MD, an orthopedic surgeon in Falls Church, VA.
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