1. Complete your advance directives.  "Advance directives" is a general name for several kinds of documents you can sign to help ensure that your wishes about medical treatment are known and respected if you are unable to communicate for yourself.

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2.  Keep track of your medical history and medications and bring this information with you to every medical appointment

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3. Prepare a list of questions and symptoms before you visit your doctor or go for a procedure or to the hospital

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4. Help stop the spread of infections. Ask caregivers to wash their hands before touching you

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5. Choose an advocate and be an advocate for someone

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