Wednesday 17 January 2018
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6 Tips for a stress-free and safe hospital stay!

Hospital is meant to be a place of healing people, suffering from diseases or any type of problems. But, when there comes a situation where you need to spend the rest of the night at the hospital than you think over it! Why is that so? Is it because you get sleep only at your bedroom? Obviously-no! Right? You are worried about get infected to viral infection and this thought in your mind makes you get prone to this that you find uncomfortable about spending a night at the hospital rather you prefer going home. The question that troubles you all the time is whether the doctor will discharge you only when you get perfectly alright. So, how can you at least make yourself the next time you visit to the hospital feel safer and healthy? – Below are some of the tips given;

  • Prepare an information kit

Information kit is a small box which includes all your medicines, list of allergies and the medical conditions, the disease you are infected with- its medicines and dosages. Name of the doctors and physicians you’ve consulted for them and the list of allergies and their medication or food. All these materials should be stored in a box- this box should be carried to the places you move especially when you move to a hospital.

  • A decision maker for your legal assets

A trusted person should be enforced to look after the property and other legal documents by naming the person as the legal authority to handle all the legal issues and other property matters in your absence. Make sure that you do it before you are admitted to the hospital so that at the worse conditions, if any issues relating to business or the property arise- your trusted person is present to take care of it. When you prepare these legal documents- make sure that you keep a copy of it in your information kit and also keep several copies of the documents at home.

  • Keep asking questions

Always make sure that you keeping asking the doctors about the medication they provide and even the tests or the procedure they are following to treat for the problem you’re suffering through! This will help you keep in touch about the stage of development or progress is observed in your body by them. By asking such questions, it will also awake a kind of awareness in them such that they take proper care of you and provide the right medications.

  • Keep moving

If you can, then follow this process of walking around the room or the hall- to keep yourself active and make sure that you don’t keep yourself stuck on the bed which might cause other symptoms due to excessive sleeping on the bed. Yeah! Taking rest is good, but to get well soon- you need to also have some movements in the body so that all the organs work properly and have a good metabolic activity. You can at least get up and sit on a chair at regular basis. It doesn’t mean that you need to give much stress on the body, but you can give a slight movement so that you don’t feel a big difference when you’re discharged and you suddenly get up from the bed which will make you feel sicker then before.

  • Watch out for infections

Always keep a good habit of asking people to wash their hands with soap before coming to meet you. This will cause less infection and keep you free from any kind of infections. This is because the people who come from outside or from the open environment carry a lot of infections and bacteria on their hand which may be harmful to your body for a situation you’re admitted to the hospital. So it’s always good to take care that the person who comes to meet you washes his hands with water. There is also a possibility of infections if the catheters or IVs are kept for a long time unused. So you can consult the doctor for the removal of IVs, if they are no longer used.

  • Get your discharge plan

Get the discharge plan from the doctors and put it on the piece of paper. For instance- Routine of the doctors and the specialists. It should also include the follow-up appointments, tests done and their results, more tests required to be done. These all should be listed in the list along with your point of view about the treatment. This report should be sent to your primary care physician regularly.