David Sherer, MD, is an American physician, inventor, and author. He currently practices anesthesiology in the suburbs of Washington D.C. and is a tireless advocate for hospitalized patients. For more great tips from Dr. Sherer, check out his other videos and Bottom Line blog “What Your Doctor Isn’t Telling You.”

When you are in the hospital, it is crucial that you coordinate care between your doctors and the hospital. But given the status of your health and the realities of hospital care today, this may be more easily said than done. In that case, Dr. David Sherer, anesthesiologist and author of Bottom Line’s What Your Doctor Isn’t Telling You blog, suggests that you enlist an ally—a friend or relative who will act as your advocate when you are not feeling your best. Dr. Sherer also provides a list of questions that patients should ask the hospital staff in order to ensure that they are receiving the best care possible.