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Health Tip: Be a Safe Patient
What to do if you're hospitalized

By Diana Kohnle

(HealthDay News) -- Being an educated patient means knowing what to do in the event that you're hospitalized.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention offers these suggestions:

  • Don't be afraid to speak up and have open give-and-take with your doctor.
  • Wash your hands frequently, and make sure any doctor or nurse washes their hands before touching you.
  • Ask your doctor if tests are being done to ensure you get the appropriate medication, including an antibiotic.
  • Know the warning signs of infection, and tell your doctor if you have any of them.
  • Alert your doctor if you have diarrhea three or more times within 24 hours, particularly if you've been taking an antibiotic.

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