Keep Safe During Hospitalizations and Medical Procedures

After four major surgeries, I am well aware of the dangers that can occur in hospitals. This includes poor healing, PTSD, and trauma. This article could save your life or that of a loved-one. It will also help you avoid making mistakes in hospital and ensure that you have a healing experience.

1. When you are planning to have a procedure, hospitalization or surgery, it is important that you have the right knowledge and preparation. This will help you feel more confident, less anxious, lower stress, improve your immunity system, and prevent many mistakes.

2. Be proactive and not passive in your health team.

3. You can expect to be well.

4. Ask for a second, or even third opinion on your diagnosis and treatment options. Before you decide to undergo any type of surgery, treatment or radiation, it is important to fully understand your options. You can also research online.

5. The least invasive option is the best. Do not let anyone pressure you into having a procedure or surgery that you don’t need. This is your chance to exercise your authority.

6. At least a few days before your surgery/procedure/hospitalization, sign your medical consent forms. Double-check them for accuracy! It is a good idea to have someone else read them. There are many mistakes here. I would have lost many very healthy organs if I hadn’t checked mys on one occasion. You can change your mind at any time and not have to go through with your treatment or surgery. Remember, it’s your body.

7. Before any surgery or procedure, see a Hypnotherapist at least three times. Hypnosis can help you relax, ease your anxiety, prevent side effects and complications, increase your confidence, strengthen your immune system and reduce bleeding. It will also make it easier to feel calm and peaceful during and after your procedure. A recording will be sent to you that will help you prepare for your procedure or surgery. This will allow you to relax and also program your mind to heal quicker. Your Hypnotherapist will be able to add any medical requirements to your recording with the help of your doctor.

8. Double-check with your insurance company before you have any procedure or surgery. This will ensure that you don’t get unexpected charges.

9. Your surgeon or doctor should be available immediately following your procedure and for the days that follow. Find out who is available if they aren’t available. If you need their assistance, don’t hesitate to contact them.

10. Food or drug allergies/intolerances: Double check all meds and food given you at all times! Hospitals make mistakes all the time. You should have a wristband and placard to indicate your special needs when you are admitted.

11. If you are going to be hospitalized, take a friend or family member with you. This will improve your safety, confidence, and overall well-being. With prior arrangement, some hospitals will let them sleep in your room. A patient advocate is necessary. Ask them to come with you to your hospital room for the first few days following surgery.

Keep your call buzzer handy! You can attach it to your bed frame using tape or wrap it around. After surgery, don’t get out of bed without a buzzer. If you need to move into a chair, take your buzzer. It could be an emergency.

13. To complain and ask for help, speak up. Do not let anyone bully or be rude to your, even a doctor. Report it to the Patient Advocate immediately or the head nursing. Research shows that patients who speak up are more likely to heal than those who remain silent.

14. Before you bring in any CD player, headphones or cell phone with soothing music for your procedure or surgery, make sure that you have permission. This will help speed up your healing time and keep you relaxed.

15. Make sure guests and family members wash their hands after touching you.

16. Make sure you are aware of the pain medication you will be taking during and after your procedure. About 15% of patients don’t feel the pain of morphine. I was one of them, and suffered terrible pain until a doctor told me that the pain medication wasn’t working.

17. Before your procedure/surgery, be in good physical condition. You’ll be able to heal quickly if you eat well, take your vitamins, and exercise.

18. Keep your jewelry, including piercings, at home. They can become lost and may interfere with healing.

19. All will go smoothly! Ask for protection and healing before and after surgery. After this experience, you will feel happy and healthy.

20. You can add special requests such as, “You will be free from nausea and pain, and you will remain relaxed and calm during your healing process.”

These are great tips! You’ll be healthier.

You need to feel secure in times of crisis or challenge. You need confidence in your hospital and health care providers. However, terrible things can happen when you are hospitalized, undergoing surgery, or receiving treatment. Gail Raborn is a Medical and Clinical Hypnotherapist who has many years of experience in guiding clients through healing, surgery, chemotherapy, and other procedures. When you are facing a health problem. Four major surgeries were necessary, and almost everything went wrong. Due to the trauma I have experienced, I am passionate about helping others avoid the pitfalls that I made and those of others when it came to dealing with doctors and hospitals.

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