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10 Patient Safety Tips. Your good health is the top priority at IU Health Ball Memorial Hospital. While our dedicated professionals do everything possible to assure that you and your loved ones receive the care needed, you can also contribute to the successful and safe treatment for illness or injury while at IU Health Ball Memorial Hospital and our facilities.

Patient Safety Tips. Be an Active Member of Your Healthcare Team.

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10 Patient Safety Tips. 1. Be an active member of your healthcare team.

4. When your doctor gives you a prescription and when

! What will happen after surgery?

That means taking part in every decision about your

you pick up the medicine, insist that information about

! How will I feel during recovery?

care. Research shows that patients who are involved

your medicines be given in terms you can understand.

in their care tend to get better results. If you have

At least once a year, take all medicines and supple-

Tell the surgeon, anesthesiologist and nurses if you

suggestions to improve patient safety, discuss them

ments with you to the doctor. “Brown bagging” your

have allergies or have ever had a bad reaction to

with your care providers or patient representative.

medicines can help you and your doctor discover any

anesthesia. Mistakes can generally be avoided if

problems and keep your records up-to-date -- which

all members of the healthcare team-including the

ensures better quality care.

patient- are in agreement about what will be done

2. Tell your doctors everything you are taking, including prescription and over-the-counter medi-

! What is the medicine for?

cines, and dietary supplements such as vitamins

! How am I supposed to take it?

and herbs.

For how long?

during surgery. 7. Speak up if you have questions or concerns.

At least once a year, take all medicines and supple-

! What side effects are likely?

You have a right to question anyone involved in

ments with you to the doctor. “Brown bagging” your

! What should I do if they occur?

your care.

medicines can help you and your doctor discover any

! Is the medicine safe to take with my

problems and keep your records up-to-date -- which

other medicines and dietary

8. Make sure all health professional involved in

ensures better quality care.

supplements?

your care are aware of important health information

! What food, drink or activities should I 3. Make sure your doctor knows about allergies

avoid while taking this medicine?

and adverse reaction you have had to medicines.

about you. Do not assume that everyone knows everything they need to know.

This is critical for avoiding medicines that can

5. When you are being discharged from the hospital,

harm you.

ask your doctor to explain the treatment plan you

9. Ask a family member or friend to be

will follow at home.

your advocate.

This includes learning about your medicines and finding

If you think you will need help, ask someone to help

out when you can resume your regular activities.

get things done and speak for you if you can’t.

6. Make sure you know what to expect if you

10. Learn about your condition and treatment.

need surgery.

Studies have shown that patients who educate

Ask your doctor and surgeon:

themselves about their medical condition and their

! Who will be in charge of my care while I’m in the hospital? ! Exactly what will you be doing? ! How long will it take?

treatment live healthier, happier lives. Ask you doctor, nurses and other reliable sources for information.


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