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How can I make sure I get proper care in the hospital?

In the hospital, patients' charts can get mixed up, so talk to everyone who brings you a pill or comes to perform a test or procedure and be sure they know who you are. That means staying alert and asking the right questions; learn to recognize the medicines you are supposed to receive and make sure that the person dispensing the medication checks your plastic wristband to confirm that each dose of medication is for you.

You should ask about the purpose, risks, and possible discomfort of any test or procedure that is prescribed. Be clear about your needs. For example, if you have hard-to-find veins, alert the staff that you need an especially skilled person to draw your blood. If you need help getting onto the examining table, it is better to notify hospital staff in advance than to find out at the last minute that the nurse is pregnant and unable to help you.
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