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Key things to think about and to: Making your Hospital Stay Safe and Pleasant. Following the right steps during the Pre-Admission process will make your stay less confusing and less stressful.


<ul><li> 1. HospitalPre-Admission Making Sure Your Experience is a Pleasant and Safe One.</li></ul> <p> 2. Know What to Expect When Admitted </p> <ul><li><ul><li>Prepare your body and mind - Food and fasting </li></ul></li></ul> <ul><li><ul><li>Prepare for questions about you </li></ul></li></ul> <ul><li><ul><li>Prepare for paperwork, paperwork and more </li></ul></li></ul> <ul><li><ul><li>Prepare for exams Vitals, Medical History </li></ul></li></ul> <ul><li><ul><li>Weight, Blood Pressure, Age, Blood Samples </li></ul></li></ul> <ul><li><ul><li>Ultimately Prepare to answer:What brought you here today?</li></ul></li></ul> <p> 3. Know Your Care Plan </p> <ul><li>Know the Nature of Your Condition </li></ul> <ul><li><ul><li>The more you know the better prepared you are </li></ul></li></ul> <ul><li><ul><li>Ask your doctor before being admitted about it </li></ul></li></ul> <ul><li><ul><li>Search national databases and local organizations for answers about your condition </li></ul></li></ul> <ul><li><ul><li>Find focus and support groups to join and inquire </li></ul></li></ul> <ul><li><ul><li>Research in libraries, magazines and books</li></ul></li></ul> <ul><li><ul><li>Join websites, blogs and internet groups </li></ul></li></ul> <p> 4. Goals of Your Care Plan </p> <ul><li><ul><li>Prevent a potential problem </li></ul></li></ul> <ul><li><ul><li>Maintain current status quo </li></ul></li></ul> <ul><li><ul><li>Resolve a currently or existing problem </li></ul></li></ul> <ul><li><ul><li>Set Goals </li></ul></li></ul> <ul><li><ul><li>Be Appropriate for your needs, strengths, abilities</li></ul></li></ul> <ul><li><ul><li>Be Realistic, are these reasonably attainable for you </li></ul></li></ul> <ul><li><ul><li>Be Measurable, observable, and quantifiable</li></ul></li></ul> <ul><li><ul><li>Be Specific, set timeframes, set activities </li></ul></li></ul> <ul><li><ul><li>Create a Support group to attain goals </li></ul></li></ul> <p> 5. Be Prepared, Take Care of Yourself </p> <ul><li><ul><li>Know what you can and cant do in the Hospital </li></ul></li></ul> <ul><li><ul><li>What to bring! </li></ul></li></ul> <ul><li><ul><li><ul><li>Dentures, Hearing Aids, Eyeglasses, Contacts, Reading Material, All Paperwork, Physicians Orders, Consent Forms, Advance Directives and Proxy Information</li></ul></li></ul></li></ul> <ul><li><ul><li>What not to bring! </li></ul></li></ul> <ul><li><ul><li><ul><li>Electronics: Radio, CD player, CDs, DVDs, Laptop, Ipod</li></ul></li></ul></li></ul> <ul><li><ul><li><ul><li>Valuables: Jewelry, Rings, Necklaces, Watches, Money.. </li></ul></li></ul></li></ul> <ul><li><ul><li>Know visiting hours, routines, meals, etc.</li></ul></li></ul> <p> 6. Know the Procedures and Treatment </p> <ul><li><ul><li>What are the risks? </li></ul></li></ul> <ul><li><ul><li>Are there any side effects? </li></ul></li></ul> <ul><li><ul><li>What are the benefits? </li></ul></li></ul> <ul><li><ul><li>How successful has this been, how many others? </li></ul></li></ul> <ul><li><ul><li>How long does it take to realize the benefits? </li></ul></li></ul> <ul><li><ul><li>What alternative treatments are available? </li></ul></li></ul> <ul><li><ul><li>What will happen if I do nothing? </li></ul></li></ul> <p> 7. What are the Restrictions and Limitations </p> <ul><li><ul><li>Will I be able to work or care for myself? </li></ul></li></ul> <ul><li><ul><li>Will my activities be limited? </li></ul></li></ul> <ul><li><ul><li>How much pain and discomfort will I be in? </li></ul></li></ul> <ul><li><ul><li>What kind of side effects should I expect? </li></ul></li></ul> <ul><li><ul><li>Will this treatment cause other problems? </li></ul></li></ul> <p> 8. Who Will be Performing the Procedure </p> <ul><li>Are you board qualified in this specialty? </li></ul> <ul><li><ul><li>Are you personally going to perform this treatment or procedure? </li></ul></li></ul> <ul><li><ul><li>How many patients have you cared for with this problem? </li></ul></li></ul> <ul><li><ul><li>What is your success rate in treating this? </li></ul></li></ul> <p> 9. Explain Your Condition to Others </p> <ul><li><ul><li>It may be difficult to talk about your diagnosis </li></ul></li></ul> <ul><li><ul><li><ul><li>You may be concerned about how others will react </li></ul></li></ul></li></ul> <ul><li><ul><li><ul><li>Teaching others about your diagnosis, helps others understand how to help you </li></ul></li></ul></li></ul> <ul><li><ul><li><ul><li>Usually friends and family will be supportive </li></ul></li></ul></li></ul> <ul><li><ul><li><ul><li>Prepare to be better an active member of your health team (ask questions, do your homework) </li></ul></li></ul></li></ul> <ul><li><ul><li><ul><li>Dont be afraid to ask you doctor about concerns or issues </li></ul></li></ul></li></ul> <p> 10. Information Needed by Hospital </p> <ul><li><ul><li>Fill out Paperwork Ahead of time and/or Online </li></ul></li></ul> <ul><li><ul><li>Self - DL, SS#, Name, Address, Phone#, Birthday </li></ul></li></ul> <ul><li><ul><li>Employer - Name, Address, Phone </li></ul></li></ul> <ul><li><ul><li>Insurance - Name, Address, Policy#, Effective Dates, Co-pays, Deductibles,</li></ul></li></ul> <ul><li><ul><li>Guarantor - Name, Address, Phone#, SS#, Employer, Birthday </li></ul></li></ul> <p> 11. Have Additional Lists </p> <ul><li><ul><li>List of yourDoctors names, addresses, phone#s </li></ul></li></ul> <ul><li><ul><li>List of yourMedications prescription and nonprescription, vitamins,</li></ul></li></ul> <ul><li><ul><li>List ofAllergies </li></ul></li></ul> <ul><li><ul><li>List ofPre-ExistingConditions </li></ul></li></ul> <ul><li><ul><li>List ofFamilyContacts </li></ul></li></ul> <ul><li><ul><li>List ofSpecial Needs diets, language, mobility, hearing </li></ul></li></ul> <p> 12. Pre Admission </p> <ul><li>Last Steps </li></ul> <ul><li>Tour the Facility </li></ul> <ul><li>Research All Options </li></ul> <p> 13. Making Sure Your Experience is a Pleasant and Safe One. The End</p>


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