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Ask the Tough Questions

Don't leave the doctor's office without getting the answers you need

Be your own advocate in the hospital:

  • Make sure your doctors and nurses check your name or wristband before giving you medicine or performing any procedures.
  • If you have an IV drip, ask the hospital caregiver how long it should take for the liquid to run out.
  • Ask about having an antibiotic before surgery.
  • When you leave the hospital, ask what further tests should be done, who should schedule them and when to schedule a follow-up exam.
  • Before you leave the hospital, ask what signs or symptoms should prompt you to call for a doctor's visit.

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  • Take a family member, friend or caregiver with you to provide support, and to step in if necessary.

You may also like: How to choose the right hospital. >>

Sources: U.S. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality and The Joint Commission

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