So that your Mom has to have surgery. She is going to be publicly stated to the neighborhood hospital around her home. Her doctor tells her she will be in the clinic for 2 or 3 days. He admits that her surgery is tedious and that there is nothing to worry about. THFS
Hospitals are complicated places. Despite the best aims, the finest equipment, and the most highly trained staff, mistakes happen. Oftentimes they are insignificant – sometimes they have serious consequences. Here are some ways you can help ensure your Mom is secure.
Make sure every piece of data the hospital has about your Mom is accurate and up-to-date. This is especially true for information about her medicines. Read the papers they ask her to sign. Know exactly what is in them.
If your woman has an advance instruction and a “Do not resuscitate” order from her physician, make certain they are offered in her chart and published prominently in her room.
Make sure the information on her armband is correct. Make sure there exists an armband.
Watch when folks come to her room to do something, like draw blood. Carry out they wash their hands first? Do they identify themselves by name and what they do? Perform they tell Mom that her doctor ordered whatever it is they are about to do? Perform they positively identify her, by asking her name or birthday or another thing unique? Do they check her armband? Do they make clear what they are about to do? If perhaps they are bringing medication, do they make clear what it is and what it’s for? If she is being taken to another place in the clinic, is there a formal handoff between the personnel onto her floor and the person transporting? Do they make sure Mom is the right person, and where she’s going? These kinds of things should be done every time, regardless how well people appear to know your mother.
Be there with your Mom just as much as you can. Meet her caregivers and get to know them. Be involved in her care. Help when you can, like at mealtimes: her caregivers will appreciate it. Ask questions, both for your own and for your Mom. Folks who work in hospitals are smart, caring, and well-intentioned: they really want the best for their patients. But they are also human, and humans make mistakes. Be Mother’s advocate. NEVER hesitate to question something.