For Hospital Patients
Research in the last three years estimate that up to 440,000 patients in the U.S. die each year as a result of medical mistakes and preventable conditions that are contracted in hospitals across the country. This number has been growing despite hospital attempts to address errors, accidents, injuries and infections that hurt or kill patients. Progress has been mortally slow and causes dangerous situations for patients that they and their families must take control of. As an individual patient you must be proactive with respect to your personal health care, and as a family member, you must be equally proactive in the health care being delivered to your loved ones.
In order to exercise oversight on the health care being delivered to your loved one you must have the correct medical documents in place that provide you with that authority to do so. Oversight includes the accessing of medical records, having conversations with medical staff, giving authority for certain tests and/or surgeries to be performed, asking the right questions and understanding the answers that are provided to you. If you don’t understand answers or explanations given, ask them to be explained to you again in another way so you do understand. Far too many family members and patients take a passive attitude when it comes to their health care and that passive attitude more oftentimes than not morphs into unrealistic expectations of health care and outcomes and expectations of medical personnel that are misplaced.