Ten tips are offered on topics ranging from falls to pregnancy and the effects of x-rays
HARRISBURG, Pa., April 9, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Pennsylvania Patient Safety Authority has translated consumer tips for Spanish-speaking patients and their families to mark the beginning of Healthcare Patient Advocacy Week, April 9-15.
"The Authority strongly supports patient advocacy and encouraging patients and their families to actively participate in their healthcare to reduce the risk of medical errors," Mike Doering, executive director of the Pennsylvania Patient Safety Authority said. "To further encourage patient and family participation, the Authority develops consumer tips based upon data from Pennsylvania healthcare facilities.
"Authority data shows that when patients ask questions and participate more in their healthcare they can prevent medical errors," Doering added. "Our data also shows that language barriers can place patients more at risk. These tips are meant to help close that gap a bit more."
Doering said the 10 tips translated into Spanish include:
- How to Reduce Your Risk of Falling
(Como Reducir los Riesgos de Sufrir Caidas)
- How You Can Help Prevent Medication Errors
(Como Puede Ayudar a Prevenir Errores de Medicacion)
- What You Can Do to Prevent Wrong Site Surgery
(Lo Que Puede Hacer Para Prevenir que se Realicen Cirugias en Zonas Equivocadas)
- MRSA and Other Healthcare-Associated Infections
(SARM y Otras Infecciones Relacionadas a la Atencion Sanitaria)
- Why You Should Get the Flu Vaccine
(Por que Debe Recibir la Vacuna Contra la Gripe)
- Help Your Doctor Diagnose You Correctly
(Ayude a Que su Medico le Brinde un Diagnostico Correcto)
- What You Need to Know About Insulin
(Lo que Debe Saber Acerca de la Insulina)
- What You Should Know If You Are Receiving Dialysis
(Lo Que Debe Saber si se Realiza Dialisis)
- Pregnancy and Diagnostic X-Rays: What You Should Know
(Embarazo y Radiografias de Diagnostico: Lo Que Debe Saber)
- Do You Have Obstructive Sleep Apnea?
(Padece de Apnea Obstructiva del Sueno?)
The Authority's consumer tips in English and Spanish are available for print on its website at www.patientsafetyauthority.org under "Patients and Consumers."
SOURCE Pennsylvania Patient Safety Authority