Patient safety is a public health issue when it comes to protecting patients who are in need of medical care. With thousands of hospitalizations happening every day, it’s important to understand health risks and how to be able to prevent them.
In light of Patient Safety Awareness Week (March 13-19), we encourage you to make a commitment to your health and be engaged in the conversation surrounding patient safety.
How can I prevent becoming injured?
Injuries can be prevented with increasing strength by practicing exercises that will improve balance, posture, and flexibility. You can also prevent day to day injuries by removing sharp objects and obstacles from your home, as well as installing railings on staircases and grab bars for bathrooms.
How can I prevent becoming sick with minor illnesses?
The best way to avoid getting sick is to stay on top of vaccinations like your annual flu shot, practice daily hygiene such as frequent hand washing, keep surface areas sanitized, and avoid loved ones who are sick.
How can I use my medications safely?
While antibiotics are used to treat a wide variety of bacterial infections, improper use can be dangerous. Use antibiotics wisely and according to the label, or how your physician instructed. Only take antibiotics for actual bacterial infections, and not for respiratory infections such as the flu or the common cold.
When should I see a doctor?
We encourage patients to have an annual check-up with their physician. This helps establish a sound relationship with your doctor so they can be fully aware of your medical history and be able to suggest healthy habits.
You should also visit a doctor whenever your symptoms of infections or illnesses are uncomfortable, severe, or last longer than a few days to weeks at a time.
At Centennial Medical Group, we practice patient safety because we want to make sure all of our patients receive quality medical care and feel at ease with us. As a patient of our primary care services, you will benefit from receiving quality care from our skilled and experienced staff, who work together to meet the health care needs of you and your family.
For more information on the services we provide, please call us at 410-730-3399.