Saturday, August 31, 2013

5 Tips for Helping at the Hospital

5 Tips When Taking a Friend to the Hospital

Here are just 5 some simple basic tips if you bring a friend or family member in to the hospital for surgery or a procedure.  You will probably be in a room waiting with the patient.

1)   Find a pair of gloves and the antibacterial wipes.  Wipe down the bedrail, door knobs, tray table, call bell, chair and anything else you want  to keep busy and useful.  You and the patient are bringing germs in the pre-cleaned room.

2)   Be sure each person who comes in introduces themselves and tells you or the patient why they are there.  “Hi, I’m Lynn and I will be your nurse.  I’m here to take some information from you”.

3)   Make sure they are wearing an ID badge, that means cleaning crew, transport and doctors.  Yes, you can ask “Do you have an ID badge I don’t see it?”

4)   Anyone who talks to the patient or moves the patient must ask the patient two identifiers such as name and birth date.  Not to verify but patient needs to say it.  Be sure the wrist band is correct also, it will follow the patient.

5)   Hand washing is crucial to help avoid infections.  “I know you probably washed already but I would appreciate you washing when you get into the room so we can see.  I’m here to make sure my friend doesn’t an infection”.  Make sure this is agreed upon by the patient keeping the patient always as the team leader.  By making it about you, and the patient, and not about the nurse who didn’t wash, they won’t get as defensive.

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