What You Should Know About Any Hospital Stay

While you are in the hospital, there are some things you should know:

What you should do:

  • You have the responsibility to tell your healthcare provider about all of the prescription and non-prescription medicine, herbal remedies, and illicit drugs (if any) that you take.
  • You have the responsibility to tell your provider if you are allergic to medicines, food, or chemicals, such as iodine or dye used in a previous medical procedure.
  • You have the responsibility and the right to be involved in your care and to take part in the decisions that need to be made. You also have the right to refuse care.
  • You have the right to understand your condition and your care. A member of the healthcare team will tell you why you are receiving testing or treatment, what happens during testing or treatment, and what you may expect afterward. You have the right to ask questions and receive information in a way that you can understand. Your healthcare provider will ask if you understand the information you have been given.

What your healthcare team should do:

Depending on your condition, your healthcare team will monitor you in different ways. For example, you may be connected to an electronic heart monitor, oxygen monitor, or have your blood pressure taken several times a day. There are also some standard rules that your healthcare team will follow:

  • A member of the healthcare team will tell you about safety rules and how to call for help in order to prevent falls and injury.
  • Healthcare providers should clean their hands before providing your care.
  • Healthcare providers who take lab samples from you will label all samples right away while you are present.
  • Your healthcare team will use 2 ways to identify you before giving you medicine or blood or performing tests or procedures. You will be asked to help with the identification process whenever possible. They may identify you by name, date of birth, or other specific information about you. They may NOT identify you by your room number or location (such as the floor your room is on) in the hospital.
  • If you have an intravenous line (IV), a urinary catheter, a surgical wound, or other type of device that is inserted through a cut in your body, your healthcare provider will tell you how to prevent infections at these sites.
  • Your healthcare provider will tell you about all of your medicines, what they are used for, their doses, and how often you need to take them.
  • Your healthcare provider will tell you how to take care of yourself when you leave the hospital, including any follow up appointments, diet or lifestyle changes, and what to do in case of a complication or emergency related to your condition.
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Acute Care Advisor 2015.1 published by RelayHealth.
Last modified: 2014-04-30
Last reviewed: 2014-04-24
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