- If you have a choice, choose a provider and a hospital with extensive experience in performing the procedure or surgery you need. Research shows that patients have better results in hospitals where there is a great deal of experience with their condition.
- Make sure that all medicines you take are intended for you. Your nurse or caregiver should check your identity by looking at your wristband or other form of identification before giving any medicine. Before the nurse or caregiver administers the medicine, ask what medicine they are providing.
- If you are having surgery, make sure that you and your doctor are clear on exactly what should be done. Prior to surgery the wrong side will be marked by staff when appropriate.
- Understand your treatment plan and what you should and should not do when you go home. Ask questions and repeat the answers back to your health care professional or provider to ensure your understanding. Research shows that health care providers think patients understand more than they really do about their care. Make sure your caregiver at home understands the treatment plan and is able to take care of your health needs. If not, tell your doctor or the discharge-planning nurse.