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Stay Healthy in the Hospital

Don't let hospital stays turn into disasters. See if you know how to prevent mistakes and reduce the chance for infections.

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Question 1 of 20 Correct

Which of these is a cause for a medical mistake in the hospital?

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The correct answer is: All of the above. When combined, seemingly small errors are amplified and the result can be devastating.

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Question 2 of 20 Correct

True or false: Errors are more common with people taking high-risk medications, such as blood thinners (warfarin and heparin), insulin for diabetes and digoxin.

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The correct answer is: This is true. A study of hospitalized Medicare patients found that errors were common among patients receiving high-risk medications such as certain blood thinners, insulin for diabetes and digoxin for cardiac issues.

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Question 3 of 20 Correct

Which of these proactive steps can help you prevent a medication error while you're in the hospital?

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The correct answer is: All of the above. Medication mistakes are some of the more serious errors that can derail a hospital stay.

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Question 4 of 20 Correct

True or false: Once you've established a relationship with a nurse or healthcare provider, there is no reason for them to check your identity wristband before administering your medications.

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The correct answer is: This is false. Always make sure your nurse or medication provider checks your hospital wristband before giving you a medication. He or she may know your name, but the name on the medication may be incorrect. Doing a quick check can eliminate the risk of that error.

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Question 5 of 20 Correct

True or false: You should ask a friend or family member to double-check that you are receiving the correct medications.

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The correct answer is: This is true. Share your medication list with a friend or family member who will be in the hospital room with you, and be sure to update the list as it changes. That way they can monitor your medication schedule if you are asleep or unconscious when a nurse or healthcare provider brings you medicine.

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Question 6 of 20 Correct

Who is most susceptible to a hospital-acquired infection?

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The correct answer is: Older people in the hospital tend to be sicker and taking more than one medication. Older patients also may not be able to see, hear or remember as well, which can minimize their ability to see a problem in their care and speak up promptly

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Question 7 of 20 Correct

True or false: Hospitals have their own hygiene standards and practices, so you don't need to worry about germs when you visit.

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The correct answer is: This is false. People go to the hospital because they're sick, so it's no wonder so many germs are present. Plus, antibiotic-resistant bacteria commonly known as “superbugs” that develop in hospitals can be extremely difficult to protect against. These environments create a perfect storm for infections.

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True or false: MRSA is only present in healthcare settings, so people visiting you in the hospital do not increase your risk of contracting the bacteria.

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The correct answer is: This is false. MRSA is very common. One third of us carry around the bacteria without being affected by it. Visitors can bring MRSA into your hospital room on their hands, purses and shoes. That's why it's important to limit the number of people in your room while you are recovering.

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Question 9 of 20 Correct

How many patients acquire an infection while hospitalized?

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The correct answer is: The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says that approximately 1 out of every 20 patients will contract an infection while in the hospital.

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Question 10 of 20 Correct

Which of these measures can help protect against MRSA during a hospital stay?

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The correct answer is: You can protect against MRSA by washing your hands frequently. You can also remind doctors, nurses and visitors to wash their hands before touching you; and ask doctors and nurses to wipe down any equipment before using it.

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Question 11 of 20 Correct

Which of these should you bring with you when you check into a hospital?

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The correct answer is: You should bring all of the above, plus any over-the-counter medications and herbal remedies you are taking. This will help your healthcare team prevent adverse interactions.

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Question 12 of 20 Correct

True or false: An alcohol sanitizing gel isn't effective at killing germs when compared to washing with soap and water and should be avoided in a hospital setting.

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The correct answer is: This is false. Studies have shown that alcohol sanitizing gels and foams are effective at killing germs. If you're in the hospital and unable to wash your hands with soap and water, use alcohol gels or foams instead.

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Question 13 of 20 Correct

How long should you wash your hands after touching a surface in the hospital?

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The correct answer is: Wash your hands often, and especially after you touch anything, using soap and warm water for 15 seconds.

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Question 14 of 20 Correct

What should you do if a hospital medication makes you sick?

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The correct answer is: You most often aren’t feeling well when you are in the hospital anyway, but your medications should not make you feel even worse. Tell your nurse or healthcare provider right away.

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Question 15 of 20 Correct

Which of these measures can help reduce the likelihood of developing an infection from a catheter?

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The correct answer is: All of the above. Ask anyone who touches a catheter to wash their hands and keep the catheter from touching a non-sterile surface. The doctor can also recommend catheters that have low infection rates. And always ask if you actually need a catheter. Leaving a catheter in for longer than needed can put you at risk for infection.

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Question 16 of 20 Correct

Which of the following symptoms may indicate an infection from a urinary catheter?

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The correct answer is: All of the above. Signs and symptoms of catheter infection include diarrhea, chills, feeling the urge to pee or having redness, skin breakouts or sores near the catheter site.

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Question 17 of 20 Correct

True or false: Electronic health records reduce the likelihood you'll experience a medical mistake in the hospital.

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The correct answer is: This is true. When picking a hospital, consider choosing one which uses electronic health records.

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Question 18 of 20 Correct

Which of these is a way electronic health records (EHRs) can reduce the likelihood of a medical mistake?

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The correct answer is: All of the above. Electronic health records can make your stay in a hospital safer and more convenient. EHRs allow hospital staff to access your personal medical information easily and from anywhere in the hospital -- no carting around a paper chart. EHRs can also cut down on errors made when a healthcare provider can't read another provider's handwriting, which means less chance of errors in prescriptions, testing or diagnosis. Finally, EHRs can also alert pharmacists, doctors and nurses when there is the potential for deadly medicine interactions.

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Question 19 of 20 Correct

True or false: It would be considered rude to ask a doctor or nurse to wash their hands before they examine you.

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The correct answer is: This is false. Being proactive is vital, so make sure people who examine you wash their hands first. This can help prevent the spread of hospital-acquired infections, including MRSA.

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Question 20 of 20 Correct

Before you leave the hospital, what should you discuss with your doctor about your medicine?

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The correct answer is: All of the above. The more you can learn from healthcare providers about the medications you'll be taking when you're home, the better. It also helps to ask your doctor for both the medical term and the more patient-friendly name of your condition.

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