Tips to Avoid Medication Errors May 16, 2012.
Although we rely on medical professionals to care for our health, they do make many of the most common hospital errors, such as medication mistakes. Unfortunately, millions of cases of medical negligence happen every year. Fortunately, there are some steps you can take in an attempt to secure your health and keep clear of medical errors.
Be Proactive in Your Health Care
The best way to safeguard your health is to be proactive. Doctors may see many patients in a single day, so it can be impossible for them to remember your health history and what medications you are currently taking. Therefore, before you are administered medication in a hospital, be sure to ask:
- What is this medication?
- Why was it prescribed?
- Is this the correct dosage?
- Will it interact with any other medication I’m taking or had been taking?
- What are the side effects?
- Should I take any precautions while on this medication?
You should ask the above questions whether you are about to be given oral, IV or hypodermal medication. By asking the right questions, you can play a huge role in protecting your health; however, if a medical professionals negligence still causes you harm, speak with an Ohio medical malpractice attorney.