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DESCRIPTIONKey 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