Stay Safe When You’re in the Hospital
Take an active part in your care decisions while you are in the hospital. Also take
extra safety measures to not get an infection when in the hospital. Doing so can help
keep you and your family safe, the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality says.
Hospital-associated infections are common in people who have had major surgery. They
are also common for people on kidney dialysis or who have an immune system weakened
by illness or medicine.
Here's how to protect yourself:
Wash your hands often if you’re a patient or are visiting someone in the hospital.
Use warm water and soap to wash. Keep washing for about 20 seconds. You also can use
an alcohol-based hand cleaner.
Insist that healthcare workers wash their hands in front of you.
Before you check into a hospital for a procedure, talk with your surgeon the steps
that will be taken to protect you from any infections while you are in the hospital.
Accidental deaths occur when people are given the wrong medicines or the right medicines
in the wrong doses. The following tips can help you prevent medical errors and stay
Speak up if you have questions or concerns.
Make sure you’re getting the right treatments and medicine. For example, if you’re
having surgery, ask the healthcare provider to mark the area that’s to be operated
on. This way there will be no confusion.
Make sure every nurse and healthcare provider confirms your identity by checking your
wristband before he or she gives you any medicines.
Ask a family member or friend to be your support to help you monitor your care. This
is especially needed if you’re heavily medicated or sedated.
Take part in and learn about all decisions regarding your treatment. You and your
healthcare provider should agree on exactly what will be done during each step of