Make 2018 the year you take control of your health!
Did you know that medical errors are the third leading cause of death behind heart disease and cancer? ParTNers for Health wants to empower you to become a smarter healthcare consumer. Our Know Your Health campaign will provide you with resources to help you and your family talk with your doctors about choosing the healthcare you need, what you may not need and the best place to receive care. For more information, go to http://www.choosingwisely.org.
How safe is your hospital? Read this flier to see.
Whether you simply want to know about the hospitals in your area, or you need to choose a hospital for surgery or another procedure, the Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade should be your first stop for finding the best hospital for you and your family. Learn more here.
When does it make sense to compare hospitals?
If you are pregnant, find out how your hospital does on maternity care metrics like C-sections and managing high-risk deliveries.
If you're concerned about a seriously ill family member, look at ICU staffing protocols and how the hospital prevents injuries and keeps patients safe from harm.
If you or a family member needs surgery, see how your hospital compares on serious infection rates such as C. difficile and MRSA.
Medication errors are the most common mistakes in hospitals. See which hospitals have computerized physician order entry and bar code medication administration which are proven ways of significantly reducing medication errors.
Avoiding wasteful and risky medical care
Your doctor recommends a test, treatment or procedure. But is it really necessary? How do you aks that? How do you find out more? Watch this short video for advice from the Choosing Wisely campaign.
Where to go for healthcare when you need it
It's the weekend. Your child gets a fever. Or, you twist your ankle while jogging. You think you need care, but where should you go?
- Should you wait until Monday to see your regular doctor?
- Should you go to a retail clinic like those found in drugstores, grocery stores and big box stores?
- Go to the urgent-care center?
- Or, shoiuld you go to the emergency room?
Here's a quick guide to help you choose the right place to go at the right time.
Tip for choosing a new provider
Having an open, honest relationship with your doctor is critical. Better communication means better outcomes, fewer errors and a quicker recovery. Be prepared by writing down any questions you may have. Ask questions when you are unsure of what you are being told. Don't assume that every treatment or test is right for you. Be sure to ask your doctor if that scan or prescription is really necessary, or if it's better to just wait and see. Ask to collaborate on a treatment plan that is tailored to your wants and needs.