Patients in hospitals are often too sick to watch out for everything that doctors, nurses and other medical personnel are doing. For those patients, as well as anyone else who is receiving medical care from any location, keeping a watchful eye on the medical staff treating you is one way that you can help to prevent medical errors from harming you. Whether you are the patient or if you are simply helping to care for a loved one, keeping these pointers in mind might help our Virginia readers stay safe.
Washing hands is something that many medical personnel do without thinking. It is very important to ensure that any medical professional who examines you washes their hands. Even if they are wearing gloves, they should still wash their hands to prevent the spread of germs and infection. You shouldn't be afraid to speak up if you notice that someone forgot this very important step when coming into your exam room or hospital room.