“Hospital employees recognize and report only one out of seven errors, accidents and other events that harm Medicare patients while they are hospitalized” according to a 2012 report released by the Dept. of Health and Human Services.Adverse events include medication errors, severe bedsores, infections that patients acquire in hospitals, delirium resulting from overuse of painkillers and excessive bleeding linked to improper use of blood thinners.The problem, it reports is that hospital employees do not recognize “what constitutes patient harm.”
Finally recognizing this, hospitals are begining to adopt Hospital Checklists. It’s a concept airline pilots have used for years. The hospital staff needs to sign off that each step on the list has been accomplished.
However, clearly hospital staff isn’t yet able to protect patients. Patients, family and friends need to be proactive. Patients need their own checklist to be protected. If there is a health care issue for a loved one or yourself, you are your own pilot.
Use this Checklist to monitor what you can do. As a woman after 50 or 60 you can protect yourself, and help others.
Personal Health Issue Checklist
1. Assume an Attitude of Active Involvement
2. Take Notes
3. Bring a Friend – Or Be One at An Appointment
4. Have a Friend, Family Member or Private Nurse Stay Overnight in the Hospital
5. Bring Written Information With You and Be Sure Its Seen
6. Read the Prescription
7. Monitor Hand Washing
8. Discuss Medications with the Pharmacist or Nurse
Is the right medicine? What’s the right dose and frequency? How to measure a dose? One study showed 88 percent of medical errors involved the wrong drug or wrong dose. Be sure you get the insert on side effects and read it.
9. For Surgery, Choose a Hospital With Frequent Successful Experience With That Specific Surgery
10. For Operations, Be Sure the Correct Side of the Body is Physically Marked on Your Body
Share This Article!
Sign me up for Free Updates and giveaways from ZestNow.com