It is in the best interest of every patient to be an active participant in his/her health care. The more you know about your treatment and the routine of the dialysis process the more you can be an advocate for yourself. Dialysis staff is frequently asked to do more in less time and with fewer resources. This can be stressful, and humans are prone to making errors under these conditions. You can help protect yourself by taking more responsibility for your care.
To find out what else you can do to keep you safe and help maintain a safe environment in your dialysis facility, view the following resources:
Patient Safety Tip Sheet from the Agency for Health care Research and Quality (AHRQ)
Speak Up! Brochure developed by The Joint Commission (TJC)
The Right Questions to Ask
My Medication Routine worksheet (English)
My Medication Routine worksheet (Spanish)
Self-Management Fact Sheet
My Health, developed by American Association of Kidney Patients (AAKP), is a FREE online tool that allows you to maintain a complete record of your health care in a safe, secure location that is accessible to you anywhere there's an internet connection.