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This summary has been produced by the Australian Council for Safety and Quality in Health Care, which has been set up by Commonwealth, State and Territory governments to improve the safety of health care in Australia. These 10 Tips* can help you to become more active in your health care.
Take part in every decision to help prevent things from going wrong and get the best possible care for your needs.
Expect answers that you can understand.
Ask a family member, carer or interpreter to be there with you, if you want.
Collect as much reliable information as you can.
Ask your health care professional:
Read the label, including the warnings.
Make sure it is what your doctor ordered for you.
Call your doctor to find out your results.
Ask what they mean for your care.
Tell your health care professionals if you have allergies or if you have ever had a bad reaction to an anaesthetic or any other drug.
Confirm which operation will be performed and where, as close as possible to it happening.
Make sure you understand your continuing treatment, medicines and follow-up care.
Visit your GP as soon as possible after you are discharged.
* These 10 Tips have been adapted from the US Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality patient fact sheets (available on the Internet at www.ahrq.gov/consumer).