In an earlier blog, I reviewed a Consumer Reports article highlighting the continued problem of patient safety in U.S. hospitals. New data shows that up to 440,000 patients die each year after suffering a medical error in a hospital.
How can you protect yourself the next time you’re admitted to a hospital? AARP lists some tips on keeping safe in hospitals on its web site. Their recommendations include:
- Get to know your nurses and aides – Anyone who has stayed overnight at a hospital knows that in-between the brief moments that doctors make their rounds, it’s the nurses and aides that are in charge of your care. Nurses coordinate your daily care plan and can be your ally if you communicate with them about your concerns and needs. The aides address many of your personal-care needs and can be key to helping you stay comfortable.