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Preventing Treatment Problems

  • It is important that health care providers know your identity. Check the information on your hospital ID band for accuracy. There may be more than one patient with the same name, so check your ID number and date of birth. If your ID band becomes illegible or is removed, request a new band. Whenever you are given medications, leave the unit for a test or procedure or have blood drawn, offer your ID band to the staff for them to check as you state your name.
  • A well-informed patient can help doctors and nurses provide excellent care. The patient and family should know as much about treatment as they can. Ask questions about your diagnosis and treatment.
  • If you are having surgery make sure that you, your doctor and your surgeon agree and are clear on exactly what will be done. You will be asked to participate by marking the site/side intended to be operated on.

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