When I browse the internet about the medical malpractice prevention, I just found things about suing the doctors, or choosing the medical malpractice lawyers. I haven’t found the tips for the patients to prevent them from medical malpractice, before it’s happened. These are little tips from me to prevent you from medical malpractice.
- Ask any kind of information about any medical intervention, any side effects and any risk about them. You have the right to ask it to your doctor, before you sign the informed consent letter or use the prescribed drugs from doctor.
- You have the option to use second opinion before you choose any kind of therapy. You can ask the doctor about the best way to treat your disease, and any other methods to cure your disease. You can even ask to transfer to other better facility hospital, but some conditions need stabilization first, before doctors permit you to be transferred to other hospital, because the first hospital is still responsible for patient’s safety before and during the transfer process. So, some medical malpractice cases that told us, the patients weren’t permitted to leave the hospital are actually not true. It’s all about the patient’s condition. If patient insist to be transferred to other hospital, they can sign letter, but hospital isn’t responsible for the patient no more.
- Tell about your whole medical history to your doctor. If you have any allergy, or gastritis, you can tell the doctor about it. It’s good way to prevent you from any drug’s adverse reaction to your special condition that the doctor might not know. Tell your previous doctor or quickly go to hospital when you see some signs and symptoms of drug allergy, such as urticaria, redness in skin, stomachache, nausea, vomitus, or any abnormal changes to your body that you haven’t experienced before you use the drugs.
- Medical malpractice is not only doctor’s fault. Many factors can lead to medical malpractice. One of them is about the drugs. Make sure that when you buy the drugs in the drug store, you buy the correct drugs, ask the pharmacist about the expiration date, ask them any side effects if they change the drugs, because drug store sells generic and branded drugs.