As a patient you absorb a lot less information when you are anxious, scared, vulnerable, in pain, medicated, immobilized, unconscious, drowsy and/or undressed. In such scenarios, ask a trusted family member or friend to be your patient advocate when you enter the health care system. Plan on keeping your advocate with you at all times, even overnight, if you are going to need hospitalization. You will be able to rest much better. Your advocate can …
How do we know when to call 911. Many people feel reluctant to make a call to bring help. Below is a list of symptoms for calling 911: Chest pain, suspected heart attack Difficulty breathing Severe persistant abdominal pain Uncontrolled or excessive bleeding Head injury Loss of consciousness Poisoning (after you call Poison Control hotline at 1-800- 222-1222) Severe burn High fever over 103 degrees, especially in children Seizure Diabetic complications Gunshot or stab wounds
Remember the 3 R’s of safe medication use: All prescriptions and nonprescription medication have risks. Respect the power of your medication and the vale of medicines properly used. Take responsibility for learning about how to take your medication safely.
Why ask questions before a diagnostic procedure? To be an informed patient To understand what is happening to you To be in control of what is going on To be part of the decision-making process
Questions to ask your doctor before taking any prescription medication, herbal or other over-the-counter, r supplemental medications: Why do I need this medication? What is the name of the medication? How does it work? What are the potential side effects? Which ones should I can my doctor about? Will the medication interact with the other prescription and nonprescription drugs I am taking? How long will I need to be on the medication? How many tines a day …
It is very important that you be a thoughtful courteous patient. Show up to your appointments on time. If you must cancel an appointment try to do it at least 24 hours in advance. Pay your bill in a timely manor and speak respectfully all of the staff.
When you are going to be seen by a medical specialist, confirm that your visit and your results are always sent to your primary care physician.