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Patient health has become everyone's responsibility

The 6th Medical Group will be participating in the National Patient Safety Awareness Week March 6 to 12. The goal is to educate patients on ways that they can become more involved in their health care.

Patient Safety is one of the nation's most pressing health care challenges and a top priority for the 6th Medical Group. Improving patient safety requires continuous learning and constant communication among caregivers, organizations and patients. Everyone has a role in patient safety and everyone will benefit from its successes. Here are some suggestions developed by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services in partnership with the American Hospital Association and the American Medical Association to help you get safer health care:

  • Become a more informed health care consumer.
  • Seek information about illnesses or conditions that affect you.
  • Research options and possible treatment plans.
  • Ask questions of your provider, nurse, or pharmacist.
  • Write down your medical history including any medical conditions you have, medication reactions, allergies, previous surgeries, all medications and dietary supplements you're taking to include store bought medicines.
  • Work with your health care professionals as a team.
  • Share your health history with your health care team as well as with anyone else who will be treating you.
  • Make sure you understand the care and treatment you'll be receiving.
  • Pay attention. If something doesn't seem right, bring it to the attention of your health care team. Don't be afraid to ask questions.
  • Discuss any concerns about your safety with your healthcare team.
  • Involve a family member or friend in your care.
  • If you're not able to observe or participate fully in your care ask a family member or friend to assist.
  • Follow the treatment plan agreed upon by you and your health care provider.
  • Be sure you receive all instructions verbally and in writing; make sure you can read and understand them.
  • Take medications exactly as prescribed.
  • Use home medical equipment and supplies only as instructed.
  • Report anything unusual to your provider.

The 6th Medical Group has a great track record for delivering safe health care. However, we are always striving to do better. With your help we can continue to deliver the safest, most effective health care possible. For more information on this subject, you can visit the National Patient Safety Foundation website at: http://www.npsf.org or call our Patient Safety Manager, Mrs. Meredith Hammond, at 827-9290 or our Patient Safety Data Analyst, Mr. Jose Gonzalez at 827-9294. (Courtesy of the 6th Medical Group)




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