- Ask If You Will Be On "Observation Status"
- Confirm The Identity Of Your In Hospital "Point Person"
- Bring An Advocate
- Set Up An Easy Means Of Communicating With The People Who Want To Know How You're Doing
- Set Up A Means Of Keeping Track Of Services Provided
- You Don't Have To Accept An Assigned Roommate
Entering The Hospital Through The Front Door -- Elective Admission
When entering a hospital on an elective basis, consider the following:
- Ask if you will be on "observation status"
- Think about what to take with you to the hospital
- Confirm the identity of your in-hospital "point person."
- Bring an advocate.
- Set up an easy means of communicating with the people who want to know how you're doing.
- Set up a means of keeping track of services provided.
- Keep in mind that you do not have to accept an assigned roommate.
- Avoid weekend or holiday admissions. It adds costly days to your stay at a time when you are likely to receive only minimal care.
- Check your wristband: Confirm that the information is correct. The wristband should include your name and all known allergies. Make certain that all caregivers check your wristband before providing any tests, treatments or other procedures.
- You do not have to accept an assigned roommate.
Herbert Spiers, Ph.D., New York, NY
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