3 TIPS FOR AVOIDING MEDICAL MALPRACTICE WHEN IN THE HOSPITAL
Oct. 25, 2016
Northwest Indiana medical malpractice lawyer discusses 3 tips that can help avoid malpractice.
One of the common reasons for medical malpractice in a Northwest Indiana hospital is a breakdown in communication between the staff, miscommunication between the hospital staff and the patient, and lack of continuity of care. A recent article in the Post-Trib highlighted the ways to keep patients safe while hospitalized.
1) ASK QUESTIONS
Ask questions and become knowledgeable about your medical condition. Throughout your stay you should continually ask questions about what is being done. Your goal should be to get discharged as soon as possible because the longer you stay the in the hospital – the greater the risk of receiving the wrong medication or contracting an infection.
2) BE UP FRONT AND TALK TO YOUR HEALTHCARE PROVIDERS
You should tell your doctors and nurses all about your past medical history, the medications that you are on and underlying medical conditions. Don't forget to tell everyone that you meet if you are allergic to certain medications.
3) HAVE A CLOSE FRIEND OR FAMILY MEMBER PRESENT
Many times when you are in the hospital you are nervous or out of it. When doctors and nurses speak with the patient a lot of stuff goes over the patient's head or is lost in translation. A friend or family member can correct misinterpretations and allow for better and greater communication between the hospital staff and the patient.
Some research shows that there are about 100,000 medical errors that happen in hospital on a daily basis. In my experience, most problems occur because of lack of communication and problems with continuity of care, especially on shift change or during weekends. These tips will help communication and hopefully keep the patient safe.
We hope that you follow these tips and your next hospital stay is without a glitch.
As always, if you have any questions about a Northwest Indiana medical malpractice claim, you can call our Michigan City medical malpractice lawyer at (219) 690-8997 or fill out the internet consultation form on the right hand side of the screen.