When you need to be in the hospital, there are things you can do to
improve the quality of the care you receive. But if you are very sick, ask
a trusted family member or a friend to help watch out for your best interests.
Ask "why?" Don't agree to anything unless you
have a good reason. Agree only to those procedures that make sense for
Provide an extra level of quality control. Check medicines,
tests, injections, and other treatments to see if they are correct. Ask people to wash their hands before they touch you. Your
diligence can improve the quality of the care that you receive.
Work with a discharge planner to help you leave the hospital safely and get the right care after that. For more information, see the topic Hospital Discharge Planning.
How this information was developed to help you make better health decisions.