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.
Appoint a family spokesperson to serve as the link between the ICU team and family members. This helps protect your loved one's privacy and saves time for nurses. Also, you can help make your loved ones feel more comfortable. Talk with the nurse to find out what you can do. Your loved one may need rest most of all. And don't forget to take care of yourself, too.
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.
At some point, you may need care in a hospital or other facility. People may ask how well you can move around. Answer this question honestly. If you have a high risk of falling, the staff will take extra steps to help keep you safe. Here are some tips to keep you safe in the hospital.
Pressure ulcers, also called pressure sores or bedsores, are injuries that begin on the surface of the skin. They can be a problem for people who use wheelchairs, and for people who are hospitalized. Pressure ulcers start as simple sores, but they can rapidly become severely infected.