San Diego rehabilitation centers and nursing homes provide essential services
to elderly and recovering patients. However, just like hospitals and other
healthcare facilities, they are prone to medical errors.
Some of the most common mistakes include medication errors, such as administering
the wrong prescription, dispensing the incorrect dosage, and failing to
detect adverse side effects or drug interactions. Other potential risks
at these facilities include falls, neglect and infection.
As part of its “Speak Up” campaign, the Joint Commission recently
released a list of
tips for preventing medical errors in nursing and rehabilitation centers. Some of the most useful are listed below:
- Use a nursing and rehabilitation center that has been carefully evaluated.
For instance, make sure it is “accredited” and ask if they
take care of people with your condition.
- Ask a trusted family member or friend to be your advocate (advisor or supporter).
- Do not be afraid to ask about safety. For example, if the floor looks shiny,
ask if it is wet or slippery before walking on it.
- Make sure the caregiver checks your ID. They should ask your name before
giving you medicine or a treatment. Do not be afraid to tell a caregiver
if you think they have confused you with another patient or resident.
- Ask about medicines that you take by mouth before you swallow them. Read
the labels on the bags of intravenous (IV) fluids. If you are not well
enough to do this, ask your advocate to read it.
- Do not be afraid to ask for a second opinion. If you are unsure about the
best treatment, talk with one or two more doctors. The more information
you have, the better you will feel about your decisions.
If you or someone you love has suffered from a medical error, don’t
contact a San Diego medical malpractice attorney
at the Law Offices of Robert Vaage for a free consultation.