Group of Doctors Develop Customized Patient Checklists

According to experts the third leading cause of death in the U.S. is medical error. Medical errors often go unrecognized, making it increasingly difficult to determine the best ways to prevent future incidences.  A group of doctors, the founders of Doctella, curated technology that facilitates better patient-doctor communication. 

Doctella is a web-based organization that offers individualized patient checklists, unique to individual conditions and providers. 

How does it work? Simply go to doctella.com/patients and type in the medical procedure you’re preparing for. Within moments Doctella will provide you with a pre-surgery checklist, day of surgery checklist, an after surgery checklist, and a general instructions checklist. Examples of questions included on the check lists include:

• Before Surgery: “I will call my healthcare team if I am sick or have a fever.”

• Day of Surgery: “I made sure the correct site of my surgery was marked.”

• After Surgery: “I will make sure the call button is within reach before staff leaves the room” 

• General Instructions: “I completed my lab tests.”

While it’s certainly unsettling to contemplate whether or not you can trust your medical provider(s), data doesn’t lie. Too many patients are suffering due to preventable medical errors. Services like the Doctella checklist help to empower patients and have the potential to help reduce the likelihood of medical errors. Click here to learn more. 

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