murray calloway hosp1MURRAY, Ky. (2/28/14) — Murray-Calloway County Hospital is sponsoring a variety of activities during the week of Mar. 2-8 as part of the hospital’s annual observance of Patient and Resident Safety Awareness Week, a national initiative involving hospital and health care organizations throughout the United States.

The theme for 2014 is "Navigate Your Health…Safely." The goal is for patients and residents to take a more active role in working with their doctor or nurse when they are ill.

“We are pleased to join other healthcare organizations in this national educational and awareness-building campaign,” said Mary Sue Hubbard, Performance Improvement and Risk Manager at MCCH. “We take this opportunity to educate patients and residents on ways they can become a more active partner with their doctor or nurse when they are ill. Care providers, patients, and residents are encouraged to have open conversations during this week about their healthcare questions or concerns.”

This year’s theme seeks to make patients, residents, providers, and the public aware of the ways they can participate in these efforts and partner to improve patient safety.

The National Patient Safety Foundation recommends patients and residents follow eight simple guidelines to help their doctor or nurse find their health problem and select the most effective treatment:

  • Describe your symptoms clearly, completely, & accurately.

  • Discuss what treatments have been tried in the past & if they helped.

  • Keep good records of hospital admissions, referrals, test results and current medications.

  • Learn about your illness, the tests you are taking, medical procedures, and your medications.

  • Take charge of managing your health by asking questions, making sure each of your doctors know what is being done by the others & about all of your test results, medications.

  • Know your test results; make sure you and your doctor get the results from any tests that are done. Don’t assume no news is good news, call & check on your results & ask what the results mean.

  • Ask when you need to make another appointment with your doctor or nurse & what to do if you get new symptoms.

  • Make sure your diagnosis is correct by asking “What else could this be?”
For more information about Patient/Safety Awareness Week, contact Mary Sue Hubbard, PI/Risk Manager at (270) 762-1528.

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