Family members may wish to speak with members of your health care team. This can help them answer questions and find support to deal with their feelings. Your health care team is bound by law to keep information about your health confidential. They will not discuss your health status with family members and friends unless you give your written permission for them to do so. Let your doctors and nurses know which family members and friends may be contacting them and with whom they can share information.
A personal health record also helps a patient to keep track of his or her information to ensure that it is all accurate. What information does the personal health record contain? • Patients name • Birthdate • Blood type • Emergency contacts • Any known allergies • Family history • Date of last physical • Dates of any major illnesses and surgeries • Test results and
Also make sure the doctor is aware of all medications you take. List of allergies? Some pain medications can cause allergic reactions. Make sure your doctor knows about any allergies or drug reactions you've experienced. Fears or concerns about pain medications?
It’s a common legal issue in todays healthcare system. Thing can fall through our fingers yes, but it is the organizations job to follow the right procedures mandated by the law. This in turn can contribute to finding better ways to protect patient’s personal information and keep the hospitals quality for caring and protecting their members not just their physical needs, but personal needs as
Communication is an essential piece of caring for patients. Multiple team members will collaborate when providing patient care. It is crucial that critical information is included in the numerous hand-offs that will occur. A lack of communication will definitely put the patient at an increased risk for errors and threaten patient safety. It is essential to include all members of the team.
An Advance directive serves as an important set of documents for any individual to have but even more so, for older adults who may potentially be at an even greater risk of hospitalization. Every competent adult has the legal right to be informed of the purpose, benefits, risks, and alternatives of any medical treatment to be given, along with the right to refuse any medical procedures (American Cancer Society, 2015). Advance directive allows for choices regarding medical care to be within a patient’s control and for ease in decision making of circumstances, where unwanted medical treatments and procedures would be used in effort to preserve life at any cost. This legal document also helps to alleviate the burden potentially felt by a patient’s family. As seen with the legal case of Terri Schiavo, a young woman who at 27 years old lived in a persistent vegetative state as a result of cardiac arrest, went through a publicized legal battle between her husband and family to determine whether to discontinue the use of tube feeding (Annas, 2005, p. 2).
Although, every patient should be treated equally no matter their condition because one may never know that they may actually save a life against all odds, it has happened before. Medical technology and technology in general is constantly evolving every day with many new breakthroughs. With more sophisticated technology making work for us easier, it is inevitable that the evolving technology will be used in emergency rooms whether we like it or not because it can only make the job for doctors easier and more efficient. I’d like to believe that we will not let it make decisions for us, but eventually it just might. Overall I think the most ethical way to use this technology is more as a reference, rather than a decision
She will likely tell you to stop taking certain medications, like aspirin and non-steroidal anti-inflammatories, as these can cause excess blood loss during and after surgery and they may also interfere with the effects of anesthesia. She may also advise you to stop smoking as it can put you at a high risk of serious post-surgical complications. Because you’ll have difficulty moving comfortably after surgery, you should make sure that someone can come to your home to help you with activities like housecleaning, laundry and shopping. ▸ After Surgery
While this would require the assistance of additional medical personnel, it can help to save lives after the attack. Consequently, in the days and weeks following an act of chemical warfare, hospital staff will need to monitor the health of the employees, ensure the hospital has been thoroughly cleaned and decontaminated, and ensure employees have access to psychological treatment for any incidents of post-traumatic stress