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.
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.
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.