Patients are often presented with a variety of treatments, medications and procedures that can be complicated and sometimes difficult to understand, both in terms of the expected result, but also in terms of possible side effects. One of the best ways to overcome this challenge is for patients to ask a lot of questions of their healthcare providers, so they can make the most-informed decisions for their own care. Patients can also play an important role in preventing infections while they are in the hospital.
When patients become actively involved in their own health care, there's a stronger likelihood they will understand their health condition and their medical instructions, which can lead to safer care and better health outcomes. 'Questions Are the Answer' features real-life patients and their clinicians who give first-hand accounts on the importance of effective two-way communication by asking questions and sharing information.
Unfamiliar hospital environments, medications that may be new, having just given birth, or dealing with a medical condition that may make them weak or unsteady are all reasons why patients might be considered at risk for falling in the hospital. Learn how healthcare facilities decide if someone is a fall risk, the steps that may be taken to prevent falls and some tips that patients can follow to keep themselves safe while they are in the hospital.