Valuable Tips for Gathering Information and Being Safe During Your Hospital Visit and Stay

Hospitals are supposed to be a place where people get help and heal. For the most part, this is exactly what they are. However, they can also be dangerous to the uneducated or lone patient. To keep yourself safe when staying in a hospital, follow these simple tips:

Bring a friend. Always take a friend or family member with you. They will help communicate, ask questions, and keep an eye on you.

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Why hospitalization? Get as much information from your doctor as you can. Ask him if hospitalization is the only option. Find out how long you will be there and what exactly the goal of your stay is.

Be prepared. Have all your medical and identification documents with you. The hospital may not have your records yet or they may not be able to find them. Know exactly what your dosages for prescription medications are. Have your main doctor’s contact information on hand.

Meet your team. Find out who the doctors and nurses in your ward are. Ask who will be there during the day as well as at night. Get to know them and tell them about yourself. Find out who of them will be able to help when you are in trouble.

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Ask questions. Never be afraid to ask questions. The more you know, the better your chances for a safe stay. Ask who will be on duty and when. Ask about any and all tests that are being done. Don’t just consent to tests that you don’t know the risks or purpose of. Ask the doctors and nurses about the risks and why they do certain things. When new medication or treatments are started, ask about them. Find out why they have been changed and what they are. Ask about the effects and risks.

Hygiene. You have the right to ask anyone entering your room or working with you, to wash their hands. There are certain hygiene procedures that everyone in the hospital must follow. Insist on this to keep you from getting infections.

Between you and your friend or family member, you should be able to have all the necessary information and keep track of everything. This will ensure your safety.

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8 Tips for Parents to Educate and Keep Their Children Safe While at School and When Walking or Taking the Bus Home

One of the biggest fears a parent has is that something might happen to their child. When you drop them at school, you no longer have control over what happens. You cannot run to their aid. They need to know how to be safe themselves. You can start teaching your kids about safety from the age of 2. To keep your child safe when at school, follow these tips:

Contact information. Once your child is of school age, he or she should know their name and surname, as well as a contact number by heart. They should also know their address.

Questions. Make a habit of talking to your child about school. Ask them everyday how it was and what happened. This way you will be able to pick up on suspicious behavior or people.

Labels. It is important to label your child’s belongings, but avoid doing so where it is visible. Only mark clothes and suitcases on the inside. If their name is visible, a stranger might call out to them with the pretence to know you or them.

Strangers. Teach your children from when they are small that they should never talk to or go anywhere with a stranger. No matter what they want or need, they should rather get help.

School procedures. Educate yourself on the school’s emergency procedures. Make sure your child knows who to contact in an emergency.

Participate. Be active at school. Join the PTA or volunteer in some way. Your participation will be visible and everyone will know that you are interested in your child and care about them.

Making friends. Allow your child to participate in group activities to make friends. Encourage play dates and friends coming over. Belonging to a group and having friends promotes positivity.

Cell phone. Many children of all ages have cell phones these days. Consider giving your child one for safety purposes. Have your and other emergency numbers programmed so he or she can easily reach you.

Educate your children from the day they can understand how to keep themselves safe. Teach them to communicate with teachers and you when something is not right.

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Basic Personal Safety Tips to Keep You Out of Trouble at Home, Work, and When Going Out

The world can sometimes be a bit of a scary place. We need to take a lot more care about where we go, who we go with, and what information we share. To stay safe in this new world, there are many things that you can do to keep yourself safe. We call these personal safety tips. We want to share some of these with you.

Safety tips at Home

Arriving home: When you arrive home, have your keys at the ready. If it is dark, keep your headlights on if you are driving yourself. If you know you will be returning in the dark, leave some outside lights on.

New place: Make sure to get the locks changed when you move into a new place.

Identify visitors: Before you open the door, check who it is. Don’t blindly open the door for strangers.

Anything suspicious: If you receive any suspicious phone calls or visits, call the police. If you think that someone might be in your house, don’t go inside. Get the neighbors and call the police.

Safety tips at Work

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Opening and closing: You should always be more than one person to open or close a business or store. As soon as it is clear inside, everyone can enter. When closing and leaving, accompany each other. This way grabbing the keys or getting trapped in a parking lot alone is more unlikely.

Security: Have panic buttons at the front counter as well as at the back. Make sure that there are telephones in the front and back. Have access control by security guards.

Safety tips for Going Out

Night time: Avoid going out alone at night. Go to clubs with a friend and make sure to have your own transport. Avoid taking shortcuts near alleys or other dark and deserted places.

Always be alert: Put away your phone and focus on your surroundings. Notice what and who is around you. This way you will be able to recognize an unsafe situation.

These are just a few basic tips. Use common sense, stay alert, and always have someone with you when you go out. Let family or friends know where you are.

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