offers a few essential facts about hospitals that you should know
before you check in:
Healthy in July
July is the
most dangerous month to visit a hospital. That's the month when
students graduate from medical school and start doing residencies
at teaching hospitals. Deaths due to hospital medication errors
spike by 10 percent in July.
have terrible wait times, which may actually be endangering patients.
Patients who need to be seen within 14 minutes of arriving ended
up having to wait more than twice as long.
Rise of Bedsores
years, the number of hospital patients suffering from bedsores
has increased significantly. In order to prevent them, ask your
doctor or whoever is accompanying you to make sure that you change
positions every couple hours, keep your skin clean and prop yourself
up with pillows to relieve the pressure.
1.7 million cases of hospital infections every year, and 99,000
deaths that are related to these infections.
1.5 million Americans have had their personal information stolen
so that someone else can use your health care to cover their costs.
At the moment, hospitals are struggling to deal with this problem.
May Be Negotiable
have been the victim of hospital bill shock at one point or another,
but it's important to remember that sometimes these bills are
negotiable. Some hospitals have been known to drop the price by
a third or more.
Scan Your Credit Reports
have taken up the controversial practice of looking at patient
credit scores, credit card limits and even 401(k) information.
The issue has raised privacy concerns among consumer advocacy
to Know Your Anesthesiologist
anesthesiologist can cause serious harm to a patient, including
death in the worst case scenario. It's best that you request
to interview anesthesiologists before your procedure so that you
can feel confident you're getting the best care.