Many women who are expecting babies will keep a suitcase packed full of essentials for the surprise moment when the baby arrives and they must quickly dash off to the hospital, but they should not be the only ones who keep such a kit. Hospital emergencies can happen at any time, so it would be prudent for everyone to have some sort of emergency kit to take to hospitals if need be, or even in case of an emergency requiring them simply to leave home. In either case, whether for a visit to a hospital or just as an emergency evacuation kit, everyone should keep some sort of bag prepared for such events with all of the following essentials. These can be carried along in case of an emergency or picked up on the way to the hospital or, for someone already in the hospital, can be fetched by a family member or friend.
A change or two of clothes is always a good idea to have at one’s disposal, just in case of an emergency. People who have been committed to hospitals will no doubt greatly appreciate having clothing to don instead of the typical hospital gowns. This is particularly useful for people being released from hospitals who would wish to go home in real clothing, or in an emergency case where the clothes one was wearing at the time of the emergency or entry into a hospital may be ripped or soiled. It is important to note that in extreme emergency cases, hospital workers will have no qualms about cutting clothes apart to remove them and ease the patient’s pain. Thus, while staying in hospitals, many people will have literally no other clothes to wear.
People staying in hospitals will no doubt greatly appreciate having their own toothbrushes for all of their hygiene needs, as well as a variety of other desired toiletries such as brushes, deodorant, and glasses. These are items that the person would likely never do without while at home, and would most likely heartily enjoy to remind him or her of home while in the hospital.
3. Pictures or relics
Having pictures in one’s hospital room can make hospitals seem far more welcoming and comfortable. Additionally, hospitals adorned with handmade crafts or personal articles can make the person staying in the hospital feel far more comfortable and welcomed. Hospitals also often have gift shops, so perhaps a few dollars for a treat would be helpful.
4. Copies of medical records
It is a good idea to keep copies of medical records at any time that one might need while in the hospital. This can be a great reference for emergency situations where medical history or allergies could be an important factor. Furthermore, since many visits to hospitals are emergencies, one may visit a hospital that has no record of such important data. Furthermore, many hospitals would no doubt ask for a full medical history anyway, so having it prepared would make the transition easier.]]>
If you are going to have a surgical procedure performed, it is only natural that you go to the very best hospital there is. You want to make sure that you are at a hospital that has all the amenities that you want and need. All hospitals offer a great deal of resources, but if you are in a situation where you are going to need a special surgery performed, you have the right to pick and choose in order to find the hospital that is the very best fit for you. There are things that you want to consider when you are narrowing down the list of hospitals.
1. Do Your Research!
When you are in the process of searching for the hospital that best suits your needs, it is important that you do all the necessary research for each of the hospitals. Hospitals do have some variances that you ought to be aware of. Hospitals also offer additions that others do not. When you are looking for the best hospital to perform your surgery, consider what it is that you are having performed, then look at the type of care that each hospital offers for that. In order to do so effectively, you must do your research.
2. Do Not Be Afraid to Travel!
As you compile the list of possible hospitals that you could possibly have your surgery performed, always remember that it is quite alright to travel. If you are having a procedure done, it is very important that you are in a hospital that can give you the best care and attention that you need. If you are having a very serious medical procedure, keep in mind that there are certain hospitals that have a known reputation for successfully operating in that area. The more intensive the procedure is, the more you should feel the need to broaden your options in order to choose the very best hospital to support your medical needs.
3. Find Out About the Recovery Service!
With most surgeries, there is going to be a recovery period that you have to undergo. It could be either or a combination of hospital recovery care and an at-home recovery period. Many people have concern about this issue when it is too late, and they have already made the decision as to the hospital that they will be admitted to. Some hospitals vary in the recovery period that they offer. Some recovery options are longer at some hospitals than others. So, make sure that you select a hospital that has a recovery period that suits your needs. There also is a variance amongst hospitals in the recovery assistance that they provide. Make sure that the facility that you choose is the best for your procedure and your style of care.
If you are having a baby, this is a very exciting time in your life. Your life is probably going to change quite dramatically. Even if you have had children already, adding an additional baby to the family sparks the same change. I’m sure that if you are having a baby, there are many thoughts that are swarming through your head in order to prepare for having a baby. There is one thought that is probably not at the top of your thought chain, but it is still something extremely important to be aware of. And that is: What to Pack in Your Hospital Bag? It is quite common that your prenatal doctor will tell you about the hospital bag that you need to prepare, but some people may push that aside to the last minute. They also may believe that this is not important. There are others that believe that the hospitals will provide everything for you. Yes, hospitals do offer great resources, but if you have the opportunity to provide your own hospital bag, it is highly suggested. Hospitals can be a very intimidating place, so you want to make sure that you make your hospital experience as comfortable as possible.
Item #1 Although your trip to the hospital when you are in labor can not be predicted down to the very minute, there are things that you can do to prepare. All hospitals want their patients, even through an unexpected labor visit, to provide valid picture identification, any insurance information, and additional hospital paperwork. Hospitals require this documentation in order to appease their slate legislation.
Item #2 Hospitals want you to supply them with a birth plan. Although this is not a requirement of all hospitals, hospitals do want to see that you have a birth plan in writing. This is highly encouraged in order to make your hospital stay as smooth as possible. Childbirth is a very big part of a women’s life, so you want to make sure that you have the most comfortable procedure in a way that you would like it.
Item #3 A personal item that you need to bring to you with the hospital are your eyeglasses. If you are in labor, make sure that if you wear eyeglasses, you already have them packed in your hospital bag. Hospitals can be accommodating, but you are not going to want to fight to have to put your contact lenses in if you do not have to.
Item #4 Hospitals also suggest that you bring any toiletries that you may need. Hospitals do provide some personal items if you do not have them, but you want to bring your personal items to make the experience as pleasant as you possibly can. This includes your bathrobe, a nightgown, a couple set of slippers, and a few pairs of socks.]]>
If you are having a baby, you definitely want to choose the very best hospital for you. Hospitals have strived very hard over the years to make the labor procedure as great an experience as possible for a woman. In doing so, many hospitals have made major leaps in making the childbirth experience a pleasant process. Hospitals knows that having a baby can be a tough endeavor if you are not cared for in the proper manner. So make sure that when you are going through the list of hospitals, that you are going to receive the most comfortable experience. A hospital should offer everything it is that you need in order to accommodate you. There are several things that you should do in order to choose the right hospital for your childbirth experience.
No.1 Most likely, your prenatal care doctor will recommend a hospital for you. They tend to recommend the hospitals that they are closest to and work most frequently out of. Look into the hospital that your doctor recommends. If you are thoroughly satisfied with your prenatal doctor’s care, then chances are you may be quite content with the hospital that they recommend. The way that the facility cares for its patients is usually parallel to the way that the hospital looks after your patients.
No. 2 Research how long the hospitals that you are narrowing down your search from allow you to stay in the hospital after your baby is born. There has been a recent shift throughout the years, across the board, for hospitals to discharge you rather quickly after you have had the baby. The recovery period in most hospitals now averages about one day, maybe two. If you are content with that, fine; however, if you are not see if it is possible for you to go to another hospital when you are in labor that has a longer recovery period in your desired facility.
No.3 Visit all the hospitals that you are interested in having your baby in before hand. Also, if you have the budget for it, consider private hospitals that will offer you a longer, more comforting stay. It is rather important that you give yourself the option of obtaining the attention that you need and deserve. There are specific facilities that will be of more service than others.
No. 4 A lot of the childbirth experience is about you, but more importantly, it is about your baby. You want to look into how the hospital will care for your child after he or she is born. Of course every facility is going to do whatever is in the child’s best interest to see to it that they are healthy, but as a parent, you want to be assured that they will go above and beyond to take care of your new baby.]]>
If you have to go to the hospital, and you do not have insurance, there are some things that you ought to be aware of. This does not mean do not go to the hospital if you are in need of medical attention, this is just the mind insurance that you need to prepare you if you do not have health insurance. For those who have health insurance, they usually first obtain it, “just in case.” If you have not paid for that service, there is a peace of mind that has no cost, but still serves as a resource to prepare you, “just in case.” Most people visit hospitals unexpectedly, so if you have to go to the hospital, don’t be afraid to go. Depending on the hospital that you go to, there may be a variance in regards to policy. There may also be differences in hospitals across state lines, if you have a medical emergency in a different state than you reside in. Nevertheless, there are some legal rights that you have as a human being that are consistent, no matter where you go.
#1 You are to consider the cost that will be associated with your hospital care if you do not have insurance. Most hospitals have very high priced services, but the care that they offer you is priceless. Most hospitals will treat you when you do not have health insurance, then allow you to pay the bill that is owed at a later date. Hospitals know that if you are a person who does not have insurance because you can not afford it, then most likely, you do not have the funds to support an unexpected, costly hospital bill. Even if you have health insurance, there still may be a cost associated with your hospital medical proceedings, so there certainly may be if you do not have any heath coverage.
#2 If you do not have health insurance, and you go to the hospital, you may qualify for medical coverage and may not be aware of it. There are state recognized government programs that you may be eligible for. When you are asked to submit your valid identification and proof of income, the hospital may discover that you may qualify for government funded health benefits that will cover all or some of your hospital medical bill.
#3 Contrary to common belief, hospitals will treat you even if you do not have health insurance. If you have a serious medical emergency, hospitals will not refuse you of service. Hospitals will not discriminate against you and push you to the back burner if you do not have medical insurance. There have been reports about this kind of discrimination from a few hospitals, but it is not legal, and they will receive the proper discipline if convicted of this defiance. Hospitals can not refuse to treat you or you leave you to be last if you are not covered by a health carrier.]]>
If you are in need of emergency medical care attention, you may want to consider your options if you have the ability to do so. Of course if you have a medical emergency that requires immediate attention, go to the nearest hospital that you possibly can. You also may be in a position where you have no means or the wherewithal to drive yourself or be driven to the hospital. If you are driven by an ambulance, then you obviously do not have the time to make a decision as to which hospital that you choose. However, if you know you have a minor medical issue, then you should consider the choice between going to a hospital or an urgent care facility. Many people know where the nearest hospitals are where they reside and work, but they do not know where the nearest local urgent care facility is. Keep your options open, and find out where your local urgent care facility is located. Remember, that certain medical situations call for a certain type of care, so use your very best judgment in the circumstance that you are in to seek out the proper treatment you need. Today, we are going to battle it out between hospitals and urgent care facilities. Who will rank first on your score sheet?
When you are thinking about the medical establishment to visit, as much as you are thinking about your health, the cost of service usually crosses your mind at some point in the process – even if at the very end as you are being discharged. Hospitals are usually labeled as being quite the costly option. One of the reasons that hospitals charge so much for their proceedings is because the wide range of services that they provide and the volume that they have to constantly keep up with. Urgent care facilities are typically slated to have lower prices than hospitals whether you have medical coverage or not.
#2 Wait Time
There is typically a shorter wait time for an urgent care facility than a hospital. If you are ill, you do not want to have to wait an extremely long time to receive medical attention. Nonetheless, if you have a serious medical issue, both hospitals and urgent care facilities will take you into priority.
In general, the large hospitals may appear to be quite chaotic. Due to this factor, hospitals may not offer the attention that some people may like. Not all hospitals are hospitable in their attention approach. An urgent care facility may be a stronger choice in that area. In regards to the service that the to offer, some people feel more content with going to a hospital because they feel that there are more staffed professionals on hand. They prefer to go to a hospital because they feel that the hospital staff is more qualified. Others feel that the medical staff at an urgent care facility usually offer better specialty service than that of a hospital that will specifically address their medical issue. You have to really consider, in this instance, what your illness is, and whether you feel more comfortable going to a hospital or an urgent care facility.]]>
While most people would choose to go to a hospital in case of an emergency situation, people who have the possibility of planning out their care, or who are in a hospital for a long period of time may instead have the option of choosing home care over being in the hospital. For instance, women giving birth may choose a home midwife over a hospital birth, or people who are confined to a bed may choose to be at home rather than in a hospital. In some cases, such as when a patient is in a coma, the patient’s family may even choose to move the patient from a hospital to a home so that he or she can be close to the family. There are a variety of reasons why one would choose home care over being in a hospital or vice-versa, but all of the following reasons should be considered before making a permanent choice.
1. Personalized care
One obvious advantage of home care is that the personal nurses or attendants become closer to the patient and can offer service more specifically tailored to the patient’s needs and wishes. In hospitals, this might not always be the case, though in some cases hospitals may be superior in that they have a wider variety of equipment and services available, simply from sheer size.
2. Constant monitoring
Some forms of home care have a service where a nurse or attendant is at the home for a number of hours each day, certain days of the week. In hospitals, there is always a nurse or doctor to monitor the patient, no matter the hour. For someone whose condition is more unpredictable, this could be a great relief. In other cases, however, where home care is offered twenty-four hours a day, hospitals may seem inferior because the nurse’s attention must potentially be split between many different patients.
Comfort in hospitals may vary widely from comfort of home care. On the one hand, home care is more personal being, obviously, in one’s own home, while hospitals are known for being more sterile and less homey. On the other hand, hospitals have special equipment designed to make a patient’s stay more comfortable, while home care may not have the full range of equipment to ease the patient’s discomfort. In addition, nurses in a hospital may be assigned to a particular ward in which they have special training to ease a patient’s comfort best, and treat the patient most efficiently. For more specialized, unusual treatments, choosing a hospital might be the best option, most particularly in one with a specialized ward.
Though one wishes that this were never an issue, cost can be an enormous factor in deciding between a hospital and home care. In some cases, hospitals may offer services that are far more expensive than the home care alternative, mainly for the variety of additional services that they offer, while in other cases hospitals may be far cheaper than having to hire a constant service to supervise the person. For a family stressed with bills, cost may be an important factor, especially if care is relatively comparable.]]>
In many countries, having a midwife present in a hospital during birth is utterly common, and in many cases would be highly unusual without. In America, however, midwives are less common and, in cases of birth in a hospital, are more often not present. We do have midwives, however, and many women might take comfort from the presence of a midwife in the hospital delivery room if they only knew them to be a possibility. This is particularly true because midwives are often women who are hired several months before the baby is due to help the mother prepare for birth, either in a hospital or not, and grow to become very close to the mother giving birth. For women who are considering having a midwife present in their hospital birth, the following reasons might help to convince them.
Because midwives are trained in ways to make the mother feel comfortable while giving birth, having a midwife in the hospital, specifically to offer words and advice for comfort might make for a far more comfortable experience. In addition, since midwives often become very close to their patients long before the patient is admitted to the hospital, a midwife may offer a soothing presence, especially for women who are unable or unwilling to have another relative or friend in the hospital delivery room. Thus, midwife services offered in hospitals could greatly benefit women in making them feel calm and comforted.
2. As a liaison
Having a midwife present in the hospital might also make the mother feel more comfortable that her wishes are being followed during birth. For instance, some mothers might prefer to have or not have anesthetic, though time spent in hospitals during labor often does not lend time to careful discussion. A midwife’s presence during labor in these hospitals will allow the woman to have a liaison on her behalf to the hospital. There are a variety of other procedures that hospitals often wish to put expectant mothers through as well, that mothers might or might not wish to undertake, all of which midwives can communicate to said hospitals when the time comes.
3. To offer another perspective
Midwives often provide labor services differently than hospitals. Having midwives present in hospitals, therefore, might provide hospitals with a more rounded view of birth, including some holistic medicine or more natural birth process. Moreover, since these midwives would be giving this information in the hospitals, both the hospitals and the midwives would be giving care that is greatly improved, from a meeting of their different perspectives and ideas.]]>
A hospital stay can be a long, difficult process and, for many people, most especially children, can be actively frightening. A short hospital stay can be stressful enough, but for someone staying in a hospital for a very long period of time, it can be nearly unbearable. However, most hospitals encourage comfort for their patients in a variety of different ways. If you’re planning a hospital stay or are already in the hospital, the following tips can help make the hospital seem more welcoming and make you more comfortable. These tips are particularly important for children who might be frightened by hospitals, and lonely from missing home.
1. Effects from home
Effects to remind the patient of home can be remarkably comforting. If you’re going to be in one room for a length of time, photographs or treasured items can particularly nicely adorn a hospital room. Flowers can also serve to make the hospital room more welcoming, while loved toys for children can be wonderful for making hospitals more like a home. Just make sure that all effects are sterile, especially for children.
2. Get to know the people
Hospitals can seem far more unfriendly than need be if the patient feels isolated. In order to feel more comfortable in your hospital or hospitals, get to know the doctors, nurses, and other patients with whom you have contact. A friendly smile from a familiar face can make a hospital stay seem far less intimidating, and other patients might offer both friendly conversation and a shared experience.
3. If possible, explore
This may be difficult for people confined to bed rest. For people who are allowed or even encouraged to walk and move around, however, exploring the hospital or nearby area can offer a variety of benefits. For one, it can break up the monotony that typifies many residential areas in hospitals, while for another it can introduce a patient to other hospital patients. Furthermore, knowing the hospital well may make it seem more like home.
4. Know your care thoroughly
Part of the reason that hospitals seem threatening is that it often signifies the patient being out of control. To reduce this threat, getting to know one’s care and treatment thoroughly can help the patient feel a sense of control that is usually removed while staying in hospitals. Furthermore, this control may not be an illusion; an aware patient can help prevent mistakes and assure treatment is done properly, which hospitals will no doubt appreciate.
5. Communicate with friends and relatives
Many patients will receive visitors while staying in hospitals, but otherwise communicating with friends and relatives can make the stay easier. Furthermore, actively telling one’s visitors that you appreciate their appearances in your hospital or hospitals will encourage them to visit more.]]>
Though good hospitals are the best places to heal from illnesses and infections, they can also occasionally spread illnesses or cause other problems in their attempt to heal. Luckily, contracted infections in hospitals appear to be dropping as time goes down (on both a more recent scale and in comparison to, say, field hospitals of the Civil War). In any case, there are a large number of hospital contracted infections every year (sources estimate 5-10% of hospital patients end up with an infection), some of which are more common than others, while other complications may result from the actual care. While doctors in hospitals will be keeping an eye out for these infections, patients should be aware of the potential infections in order to guard against them.
MRSA is the abbreviated name of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, and is a more resistant type of staph infection. This bacteria can often be acquired easily in a hospital stay because it is passed through contact, of which there is plenty in a hospital. Luckily, instances of this infection in hospitals are greatly decreased.
2. C. difficile
Clostridium difficile, or C. difficile as it is more commonly known, is a bacteria that normally resides in the body but can cause problems in cases of overpopulation, which happens more frequently during a hospital stay. This is commonly contracted in hospitals because its overpopulation is associated with the administration of certain antibiotics which many patients receive while in a hospital. Luckily, stopping treatment of the particular antibiotics can often return the body to a proper state. Rates of C. difficile are dropping in hospitals as a result of more awareness of associated antibiotics.
3. Bed sores
Bed sores are common for patients who are confined to a bed for long periods of times, and especially coma patients who move very little in a long hospital stay. Bed sores are not caused by any particular infection, but instead from a single part of the body being under constant pressure or under friction, such as against the mattress or sides of a hospital bed. These ulcers happen frequently in hospitals where patients are in for long term treatment and are unable to move due to some other illness.
4. Urinary infections
Urinary tract infections are the most common infections contracted in hospitals in many different countries around the world. Some research shows that catheters impregnated with antibiotics may help reduce urinary tract infections.
Pneumonia is an inflammatory illness of the lungs and is often contracted during a hospital stay as a result of compromised immune systems and higher rates of the particular causal bacteria.
6. Surgical site infections
Infections contracted in hospitals around surgical sites has long been one of the top three most common infections contracted in hospitals. These infections may result from a number of different possible bacteria.]]>