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To prevent health care errors, patients are urged to "Speakup" I use this list.

This is what Speakup stands for:

Speakup if you have questions or concerns, and if you don't understand, ask again. It's your body and you have a right to know.
Pay attention to the care you are receiving. Make sure you are getting the right treatments and medications by the right health care professionals. Don't assume anything.
Educate yourself about your diagnosis, the medical tests you are undergoing, and your treatment plan.
Ask a trusted family member or friend to be your advocate.
Know what medications you take and why you take them. Medication errors are the most common health care mistakes.
Use a hospital, clinic, surgery center, or other type of health care organization that has undergone a rigorous on-site evaluation against established, state-of-the art quality and safety standards, such as that provided by the Joint Commission.
Participate in all decisions about your treatment. You are the center of the health care team.
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These are really important rules to go by when you need to seek medical attention. Unfortunately there can be big differences in how one medical practitioner deals with an illness compared to another. I say this out of experience and really recommend getting a second opinion. I will also recommend that one of those places to check with be the Mayo Clinic in Rochester Mn. they are in my opinion the most up to date and most highly Professional providers in the world. My wife just had a procedure done at Mayo recently and both of us were very impressed. We were told that the procedure could not be done by a Doctor at our local Clinic, but was a very normal procedure at the Mayo Clinic. I also talked to a lady being treated for cancer there and was stunned by the differences in the philosophy of treatment from my home town clinic and the Mayo. My Mother died of cancer and my wifes Mother has liver cancer now. My mom was almost over dosed by a Nurse while in a Hospital in my town, I have witnessed several incidents of the wrong medications or amount of medication being administered, so like it says above Speakup and be aware of everything concerning your medical treatments. If you relate it to your own work, you are never perfect at your work everyday, no one is. Hopefully our coworkers point out our mistakes when we have those off days, medical people are just like you and I, they can not always be perfect everyday. If you help them by knowing everything about your medical situation, you and your medical team will have a better chance of an excellent out come.


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