Communication is essential in your care.
During your hospital stay, your caregivers will be identified on the communication board in your room so you will always know the names of the nurses and doctors caring for you.
During "bedside reporting," the nurses give information to each other about your care.
When the shifts change your off going caregivers will give report at your bedside to your oncoming caregivers. This is also a great time for you to ask any questions you may have concerning your plan of care.
Educate Yourself and Ask for Help
Your health is important. If you have questions or concerns, be sure to ask.
- Read all medical forms and information provided to you and make sure you understand them before you sign anything. If you don’t understand, ask your caregiver for an explanation.
- Ask a trusted family member of friend to be your advocate. Your advocate can ask questions that you may not think of while you are under stress and not feeling well.
- Make sure this person understands your preferences for care and your wishes concerning resuscitation and life support. If you have an advance directive, share it with your advocate and bring a copy with you each time you come to the hospital.
- When you get the results of a test, ask if you don’t understand their meaning.
- Review consent forms for treatment with your advocate before you sign them.
- Make sure you both understand exactly to what you are agreeing.
- Before you go home, if you don’t understand your written discharge instructions and the treatment plan always ASK questions.