Hospitals are chaotic. With the exception of childbirth and certain surgical procedures, in general you have to be fairly sick to be admitted to a hospital. And surgical and obstetric patients, while not necessarily sick, are generally dealing with pain issues and need to be watched closely for potentially life-threatening complications. Even in a small hospital, there are thousands of medications being ordered and administered daily, as well as thousands of other orders regarding tests and all aspects of patient care. This means that the hospital staff members, in addition to most of the patients and their families, are frequently stressed.
In order for you to get the best possible care, you need to know what’s going on, and you need to communicate well with your doctors, nurses and other medical personnel. You are the best advocate for your hospitalized self or family member. This guide will help you stay organized and on task to ensure that your or your loved one’s care is optimal. This optimization of care relates not only to care during a particular hospital stay, but also to any related follow-up care, and to any future medical situations.
This guide will help you stay in control.