Keeping Track Of Patient Information

clipboard-1276947_960_720When one usually thinks about running a hospital, they usually think of the technical aspects. That is to say, the delivery end. Caring for patients, giving treatment, procedures, etc. And while this is the most important aspect, there is another part of the whole machine that couldn’t be done without: administration.

Now I am not really talking about the billing and that sort of thing. Rather, I am referring to the keep track of the patients themselves. It really is an important part of the entire operation.

Think about it. If you are dealing with hundreds of patients at a time, then you need to know what each one needs, what each one may be allergic to, who is treating who, etc. Mix-ups in this area can be catastrophic. Imagine giving the wrong patient a certain medication. It may conflict with something else they are taking. It could also lead to not having the proper equipment to hand (like IVs or a stair chair People have actually died because of administrative errors.

So this is why it is important that the patients themselves are aware of their own basic information.

As a patient, you should keep track of:

  1. The name of your doctor and whoever else has been attending to you.
  2. The names of any drugs you are taking and what they are for.
  3. Anything you know that you allergic to or don’t do well with (from food to certain types of antibiotics).
  4. Any treatments you have had in the past.

Armed with this information, you can be a much more educated patient and can keep an eye out for yourself.

So how do you use his info? Well, for starters you can and should ask questions when anything non-routine is being done. For example, if your nurse is trying to give you a medication that you don’t normally take, speak up and ensure it is for you. Same goes for stopping any medication you have been taking regularly.

Keeping informed is a necessary means to ensuring you aren’t the victim of a clerical error.