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16 Ways to Prevent Medical Mistakes

  • June 20, 2011
  • 6:01 pm

13. BYOB
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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10:52PM PDT on Jul 28, 2011

Terrific Info - Thanks

2:38AM PDT on Jun 30, 2011

Good info, thanks.

6:47AM PDT on Jun 28, 2011

Thx for the info. Useful!

7:15AM PDT on Jun 26, 2011

Thanks for tips!

5:50AM PDT on Jun 24, 2011

Practicing medicine.....that's exactly what it is.

12:54PM PDT on Jun 23, 2011

thank you

11:52AM PDT on Jun 23, 2011

also consider to say a prayer from your heart e.g “Pray for a peaceful and contented mind in all circumstances.”

- a lovingly said mantra silently from the heart continuosly may help get your mind in a better space a tiny bit (bit by bit) too.

even saying "the names of Christ, Allah or Buddha" lovingly repeatedly constantly silently from the heart may help your mind a bit

more (not the only) ideas on mantras here:

or at least you can also try to set your intention before that any medical procedure goes really well. May help a bit - clearly not the only thing to do, but some extra ideas that are free.

10:07AM PDT on Jun 23, 2011

I'll keep these in mind. I once had a doctor prescribe me the wrong medication because he DIDN'T BELIEVE that I was having pain in my kidney and insisted that I had a bladder infection. Thankfully, it was only a stone, and not an actual kidney infection, or his mistake could have cost me my life.

3:35AM PDT on Jun 23, 2011

Really scary...

8:34AM PDT on Jun 22, 2011

I can't help feeling anxious for my health whenever I go inside a hospital, to visit friends or relatives, I mean... Scary places!

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