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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.


  • 1. HospitalPre-Admission Making Sure Your Experience is a Pleasant and Safe One.

2. Know What to Expect When Admitted

    • Prepare your body and mind - Food and fasting
    • Prepare for questions about you
    • Prepare for paperwork, paperwork and more
    • Prepare for exams Vitals, Medical History
    • Weight, Blood Pressure, Age, Blood Samples
    • Ultimately Prepare to answer:What brought you here today?

3. Know Your Care Plan

  • Know the Nature of Your Condition
    • The more you know the better prepared you are
    • Ask your doctor before being admitted about it
    • Search national databases and local organizations for answers about your condition
    • Find focus and support groups to join and inquire
    • Research in libraries, magazines and books
    • Join websites, blogs and internet groups

4. Goals of Your Care Plan

    • Prevent a potential problem
    • Maintain current status quo
    • Resolve a currently or existing problem
    • Set Goals
    • Be Appropriate for your needs, strengths, abilities
    • Be Realistic, are these reasonably attainable for you
    • Be Measurable, observable, and quantifiable
    • Be Specific, set timeframes, set activities
    • Create a Support group to attain goals

5. Be Prepared, Take Care of Yourself

    • Know what you can and cant do in the Hospital
    • What to bring!
      • Dentures, Hearing Aids, Eyeglasses, Contacts, Reading Material, All Paperwork, Physicians Orders, Consent Forms, Advance Directives and Proxy Information
    • What not to bring!
      • Electronics: Radio, CD player, CDs, DVDs, Laptop, Ipod
      • Valuables: Jewelry, Rings, Necklaces, Watches, Money..
    • Know visiting hours, routines, meals, etc.

6. Know the Procedures and Treatment

    • What are the risks?
    • Are there any side effects?
    • What are the benefits?
    • How successful has this been, how many others?
    • How long does it take to realize the benefits?
    • What alternative treatments are available?
    • What will happen if I do nothing?

7. What are the Restrictions and Limitations

    • Will I be able to work or care for myself?
    • Will my activities be limited?
    • How much pain and discomfort will I be in?
    • What kind of side effects should I expect?
    • Will this treatment cause other problems?

8. Who Will be Performing the Procedure

  • Are you board qualified in this specialty?
    • Are you personally going to perform this treatment or procedure?
    • How many patients have you cared for with this problem?
    • What is your success rate in treating this?

9. Explain Your Condition to Others

    • It may be difficult to talk about your diagnosis
      • You may be concerned about how others will react
      • Teaching others about your diagnosis, helps others understand how to help you
      • Usually friends and family will be supportive
      • Prepare to be better an active member of your health team (ask questions, do your homework)
      • Dont be afraid to ask you doctor about concerns or issues

10. Information Needed by Hospital

    • Fill out Paperwork Ahead of time and/or Online
    • Self - DL, SS#, Name, Address, Phone#, Birthday
    • Employer - Name, Address, Phone
    • Insurance - Name, Address, Policy#, Effective Dates, Co-pays, Deductibles,
    • Guarantor - Name, Address, Phone#, SS#, Employer, Birthday

11. Have Additional Lists

    • List of yourDoctors names, addresses, phone#s
    • List of yourMedications prescription and nonprescription, vitamins,
    • List ofAllergies
    • List ofPre-ExistingConditions
    • List ofFamilyContacts
    • List ofSpecial Needs diets, language, mobility, hearing

12. Pre Admission

  • Last Steps
  • Tour the Facility
  • Research All Options

13. Making Sure Your Experience is a Pleasant and Safe One. The End


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