Health Tip: Take Charge of Your Health

Learn all you can about pending surgery

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(HealthDay News) -- Medical errors can happen to anyone, but there are things you can do to reduce your risk.

Here's some advice from the American Academy of Family Physicians:

  • If you're able to choose the hospital, pick one with significant experience in performing the procedure that you'll have done.
  • At the time of discharge, talk to your doctor about your recovery at home. Ask about which medications you'll take, and when it's safe to resume normal activities.
  • Make sure you fully understand the pending procedure. Bring a friend or family member to help if you need it.
  • Ask any nurses or physicians if they have washed their hands before they touch you.

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