At some point, you get sick, or someone in the family needs to get checked at a hospital. At these times, you cannot take care of yourself. You need someone to watch over you and be with you. Moreover, someone should oversee if the hospital provides the care you should receive and ensure the staff isn’t making any medical errors.
There are several hospitals in QC that provide high-quality care and services to their patients. It almost feels like home. But being in the hospital is not the same as staying at home and feeling healthy. If someone in the family is sick and you’re stuck to take care of him or her, here are some ways to help the person feel secure during a hospital stay. Knowing these tips also enables you to feel at ease during your stay.
Be the patient’s eyes and ears
Bring a pen and a notebook. List the patient’s name, hospital room, the doctor’s and nurses’ names and contact information. Don’t forget to list your patient’s diagnosis and treatment plan. Keep a daily log of the patient’s progress.
Track the patient’s medication and dosage
Don’t forget to list the patient’s medication and dosage. You can ask the patient’s physician if you want to learn more about the prescribed medicines. Include the shape and color of the pills and the names and labels of bottles of IV bags. Be specific when describing the tags and how the bottles look. Ensure that the nurses administer the right medications. Also, be assertive when reminding about the patient’s allergy to medications.
Check the patient’s name
Prevent mistakes on the patient’s name by checking with each hospital staff member who comes to pick up the patient. Before they do the procedure or administer the treatment, you must be sure the right name. Do this to every hospital staff that enters the room.
Talk with the surgeon
To avoid surgery mistakes, ask to see the surgeon. Kindly request him or her to mark the body part to be operated. Inquire about the surgery to be performed. If the surgeon is not available, you can talk with the anesthesiologist or staff involved in the operation to comply with your request.
Prevent the spread of hospital-acquired diseases
Always wash your hands. At the same time, request physicians, nurses or anyone who comes in contact with the patient to sanitize their hands or put a fresh pair of disposable gloves before coming in contact with the patient. Place antibacterial gel or alcohol next to the patient’s bed to remind everyone to keep their hands clean before touching the patient.
Keep in touch with doctors
As much as possible, you must stick around during doctor’s rounds. This is your time to ask about the patient’s diagnosis, treatment, and prognosis. If you are out of town or won’t be around when the doctor visits the patient, you can ask the doctors how you can reach them. Take note of phone numbers, office hours, and email address. You can also provide him or her your contact information as well as the best times to reach you. You can try calling the nurses’ station during rounds so you can speak to the physician.
Get to know the patient’s primary nurses
It can be confusing to identify who is who but you’ll get to know them once they burst in and out the door for a couple of days. Build a relationship with primary nurses as well as the nurses who cover the night shift too. These are the people who administer medications and help you provide the care your patient needs. It sure pays off whenever your patient needs a painkiller and whatnot.
Plan for holidays, weekends, and nights
Sometimes, there are not enough nurses to care for the patients and doctors take their leave. If must be in the hospital during these times, you should create a schedule and share responsibility with family members. That way, you’ll have time to go home, rest and change your clothes. If family members aren’t available, you can hire a sitter or a companion to take your place once in a while.
Be with the patient most of the time
Being with someone eases the pain and hurt that the patient feels. Ultimately, having a companion while being in the hospital makes it easier to get help than not having anyone who can watch over the patient.
Talk to your nurse about your doctor
If you aren’t comfortable with the MD treating the patient or would prefer someone else ensure you’re in good health, you can talk to the nurse about it. The hospital does its best to accommodate its patients so don’t be shy to speak up.
Bring some pillows
A hospital is not a hotel. Sure, you or your patient receives care and treatment, but it doesn’t exist to pamper its patients. If you want to feel comfortable during your stay, bring your pillows. Some hospitals don’t have enough for their patients. Thus, most rooms only have one or two for the patient.
Pack your toiletries
Hospitals only provide the basics so don’t expect five-star hotel toiletries. Better yet, don’t expect toiletries at all. If you’re going to be confined for a few days, you should bring some toiletries. You won’t have to deal with watery lotion, scratchy toilet paper and drying bars of soap.
Get out of bed
If you want to be healthy again, you must get up and move. Walk the halls, walk to the cafeteria, or go outside to get some sun. It helps you avoid getting blood clots. Most of all, it uplifts your spirit.
Don’t be shy to ask questions or clarify statements from nurses and physicians. They would understand that cognitive abilities slow down when under stress.
Whether it’s you or a loved one on the hospital bed, it’s nice to know that someone is in charge or takes care of things. The hospital can be uncomfortable for some people. It can also be dangerous as professionals can even commit medical mistakes. Thus, it helps to have someone around to watch over the patient, oversee treatments and medications as well as talk to doctors and nurses.