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If you are hospitalized:

  • If you are in the hospital, ask all health care workers coming in direct contact with you if they have washed their hands. Hand-washing is the single most effective means for preventing spread of infection in hospitals. 
  • Each time you are given a medication, ask what it is. If you suspect an error, ask the nurse to double-check the order to verify it is correct.
  • When you are being discharged from the hospital, ask for a complete explanation of your treatment plan. This includes information about your medications, level of activity, diet, when you can return to work, and any needed follow-up appointments.