How to Choose a Trustworthy Hospital

May 24, 2011 · Posted in Infectious Control Systems 

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During medical emergencies, you need to rush to the nearest hospital for treatment. However, if you will undergo a surgery or any procedure in a hospital, then it’s wise to take the time to research and choose the best hospital for you. Actually, it’s best that you research on the best hospitals in your area even if you’re not facing any medical emergencies or not needing any surgical procedure. There are hospitals known for providing expert services in certain areas. Some are safer than the rest, while some are popular for negligence.

In choosing the best and trustworthy hospital, ask the following very important questions:

  • Is the hospital covered by your health insurance plan?
  • Did the hospital receive accreditation from the Joint Commission? Does it meet patient quality and safety standards?
  • Does the hospital accept Medicare? Find out even if you’re not on Medicare, because if they don’t, chance are, the hospital is either suspended or on probation.
  • Does the hospital frequently provide treatment for people with your specific condition? If they do, then you would be somehow assured that they know exactly what to do.
  • Are the staff physicians board certified?
  • Is there a roster of competitive and efficient doctors or specialists needed for your operation?
  • Remember that the more complex the procedure is, the more you need a full range of doctors who can deal with any unexpected problems or complications.
  • Do research on the doctor handling your case. Things like board-certification in the procedure you’d undergo, the institution where your doctor completed residency training, the number of procedures your doctor has performed, and authorization to perform the procedure are important details to know.
  • Do the hospital’s major clinical divisions have full-time chiefs? This is to make sure that someone oversees the department and implements safety programs.
  • Is the hospital conveniently located for you and your family?
  • Does the hospital have nurses and residents available 24/7?
  • Are the hospital facilities clean and disinfected? It’s not enough that the hospital facilities look clean, but they must be sanitized. Hospitals usually use bleach or hydrogen peroxide as cleaners and disinfectants.
  • Does the hospital have private rooms for patients who want them?

Choosing a trustworthy hospital not only ensures your safety, but it also saves you the hassle of having additional problems other than the medical attention you need.

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