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.
Bring a friend:
- Take a family member, friend or caregiver with you to provide support, and to step in if necessary.
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Sources: U.S. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality and The Joint Commission