Preventative Health Practices

The most important thing you can do to get well is to be an active participant in your health care.

Pnemonia

Pneumonia is a serious disease that can be preventive by receiving the vaccine.  Ask your physician if you meet the criteria to receive the vaccine.  If you do, it can be administered during your hospital stay or at the physician’s office.

 

Influenza (Flu) Vaccine

The flu is a contagious disease that can be transmitted between infected individuals.  Ask your physician if you meet the criteria to receive the vaccine.  If you do, it can be administered during your hospital stay or at the physician’s office.

 

Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT)

Deep vein thrombosis occurs when a blood clot forms in a deep vein of your body.  The most common site is the legs.  You will be assessed to determine if you are at risk for developing a DVT.  If you are at risk, appropriate precautions will be ordered by your physician.

 

Preventing Adverse Events in Surgery

In order to ensure proper verification of surgery surgeons may mark correct surgical areas to ensure correct site.  Prior to surgery, all patients must have a medical history and physical examination.  We encourage you to actively participate in your care.

 

Medication Safeguards

Make sure your physician is aware of all medications you are taking.  Take all of your medications with you to each physician appointment or to the hospital.

Make sure your physician is aware of any allergies or adverse reactions.

Ask for information about your medication in terms you can understand.  Ask your physician as well as your pharmacist.

When receiving medications make sure you know the name of the medication you are receiving and why you are receiving it.

If you have any questions about your medications be sure to ask the physician, the nurse, or your pharmacist.

 

Other Recommendations

Ask your physician why a test, treatment or lab is being done.

Follow up with the physician about your lab results.

Ask questions about what the lab results indicate.

Ask questions about your diagnosis.

Speak up if you have concerns or questions.