How to Prevent a Hospital Round Trip
Little known fact: 20 – 30% of all patients end up back in the hospital within a month. Often, it’s because they don’t get their prescriptions filled or get to their follow-up doctor appointments. Sometimes patients ignore signs of health problems after a hospital...
Shock & Awe – Your Hospital Bill!
After a hospital stay, bills will start pouring in, and trust me, they will be shocking. Even with good insurance your out-of-pocket costs may still be an “ouch.” Most hospital charges may appear out of control to you, but you do have some control. Just know how and when to speak up!
Patients Forget Most of What Doctors Say — But There’s An App for That!
For every doctor’s appointment, ask your doctor’s permission to record your conversation so you won’t miss a detail.
How Doctors Think
If you’re not getting better under one doctor’s care, get another doctor’s brain on your case. Get a third or fourth opinion if necessary. Don’t stop until it feels like you have the right doctor for you with the right solution you need.
Medication Management: A Hot Mess if You’re Not Careful!
If you think your doctors are staying on top of your meds and how they interact, think again. While they do the best they can, they are short on time, resources and accurate medical records. So… you or someone you trust, must be your quarterback for safe medication use.
Will You Be Able to Help Your College-Age Child in a Medical Emergency?
Even in the most serious circumstances, doctors and nurses can’t share health care information about your adult child with you — not even it’s truly a worst-case scenario. But there’s a solution!
MRSA: The Trojan Horse in Your Locker Room
Yes, your good, old gym bag is the Trojan Horse that picks up Superbugs every time you drop it in your locker, and then brings those bugs home with you. No wonder, at least 16% of the population carries MRSA around inside their bodies, too.
33 Surprising Hospital Secrets Every Patient Should Know
Readers' Digest interviewed PartnerHealth's Karen Curtiss for this collection of tips and insights. Highlights include: For complex surgeries, choose a teaching hospital.Ask your surgeon if she will be doing your entire procedure and whether she will do your follow-up...
What’s THE Best Gift for Someone in the Hospital?
The #1 way to prevent a hospital staph infection is hand-washing!