Some people make more frequent visits to their doctor than others. Everyone is different, which means that their medical needs are also different. You may have had your fair share of medical concerns throughout your life, and though you are no stranger to check-ups and other necessary visits, you still know that a chance for medical errors exists.
Like most patients, you want everything with each visit and procedure to go correctly and as smoothly as possible. While you trust the medical professionals involved in your cases to do their best to follow the standard of care, you may want to go the extra mile to ensure that everyone is on the same page.
Reiterate important information
Though your primary care physician may refer you to specialists or arrange appointments with other doctors for various reasons, you may want to take precautions when seeing a new doctor. Your primary care physician may provide your records and information, but it is easy for information to get lost in the transfer. As a result, you may want to go over your information with your new doctor.
It may even be in your best interest to bring any medications you take with you to the appointment. Many medications have similar names, and if you or the doctor mixes up certain medications, a serious problem could result. Hopefully, taking your medications with you could ensure that everyone knows exactly what you take and how it could affect your treatment going forward.
Keep your best interests in mind
As a patient, you may be afraid of coming across as too pushy with doctors, nurses and other staff members. You know that they have stressful jobs, and you do not want to cause any extra difficulties. However, it is important that you keep your health and best interests in mind whenever you are in a hospital or doctor’s office. That could include double-checking that staff members have washed their hands before touching you and that they are carrying out the correct procedures for you.
Unfortunately, you cannot account for every potential mistake that could occur in the course of your care. If you suffer harm due to medical errors or negligence, you may worry about how it could affect your life. Many medical mistakes can have lasting repercussions, and if this happens to you, you may have reason to seek compensation for resulting damages permitted under Maryland law.