|How You Can Be a Partner in Your Health Care |
The physicians, nurses, and all of the staff at Bridgeport
Hospital are fully committed to advancing a
culture of quality and safety. We offer these suggestions
to help you fully understand and participate in
your own healthcare, both in the hospital and in your
||Choose a doctor whom you feel comfortable talking to
about your health and treatment.|
||Speak up if you have concerns. It's okay to ask
questions and to expect answers you can understand.|
||Take a relative or friend with you to the doctor's offi ce
or the hospital, if this will help you ask questions and
understand the answers.|
Be Informed About Your Medications
||Keep a list of all the medicines you take, including
prescriptions, over-the-counter medicines such
as aspirin, and herbals. (See box, below.)|
||Tell your doctor and pharmacist about:
all the medicines you take, including over-thecounter,
ibuprofen, vitamins, and herbals.
any drug allergies you have.
||Additional medication issues:
Ask the pharmacist about side effects and what
foods or other things to avoid while taking the
Read the label, including warnings. Make sure it's
the medication your doctor ordered and you know
how to use it.
If the medication looks different than you expected,
ask the pharmacist about it.
Stay Informed about Test Results
||Make sure you obtain the results of all tests and
Ask the doctor or nurse when and how you will
obtain the results.
Don't assume the results are ok if you don't receive
them when expected. Call the doctor and ask for
||Make sure you understand what the results mean and
what follow-up care may be needed.|
Choose Your Hospital Thoughtfully
||You have more than one hospital to choose from, ask
your doctor which hospital has the best care for your
condition. For some procedures (such as heart bypass
surgery), research shows results are often better at
hospitals doing a lot of these procedures.|
||Before you leave the hospital, ask about follow-up care
and make sure you understand all instructions.|
If You Need Surgery:
By staying fully informed and asking plenty of questions,
you can be an active partner in your healthcare.
||Make sure you understand what will happen if you need
surgery. You, your doctor, and your surgeon should all
agree on exactly what will be done during the operation.|
||Tell the surgeon, anesthesiologist, and nurses if you
have allergies or ever had a bad reaction to anesthesia.|
||Ask your doctors and surgeons:
Who will take charge of my care while I'm
in the hospital?
Exactly what will you be doing?
How long will it take?
What will happen after the surgery?
How can I expect to feel during recovery?
Call for a FREE Medication Form to help you
keep track of your medications, allergies,
immunizations, and other important information!
It comes with a wallet-sized protective
sleeve. Just dial 888-357-2396.