Why You Need A Patient Advocate

As a patient you absorb a lot less information when you are anxious, scared, vulnerable, in pain, medicated, immobilized, unconscious, drowsy and/or undressed. In such scenarios, ask a trusted family member or friend to be your patient advocate when you enter the health care system. Plan on keeping your advocate with you at all times, even overnight, if you are going to need hospitalization. You will be able to rest much better. Your advocate can …

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Ode to the Caregiver

When someone you love is hurting and you can’t protect them from the pain It tears your heart out, causing much grief, that is a normal refrain. While the best interests of the patient is everyone’s intention That doesn’t stop the agony amidst the intervention. For when you truly love another, and watch what they go through It touches something deep inside, forever changing you. It isn’t easy to sit and see what they endure …

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How Your Health Team Works For You

While we all like to think that our doctor is the biggest and the best, we need to recognize that s/he is merely one member of your health care team. Granted, your doctor is probably the most the most well-paid member, the most educated member, and the director of your team, but they do not work as an island unto themselves. They delegate many tasks related to your diagnosis and treatment to other members of …

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Your Patient Bill Of Rights

Historically, each health care facility in the United States has subscribed to a written Patient Bill of Rights that was created by the American Hospital Association in 1995. That document was replaced a few years ago by The Patient Care Partnership which uses plain language to inform patients about what they should expect during their hospital stay with regard to their rights and responsibilities.(http://www.aha.org/aha/issues/Communicating-With-Patients/pt-care-partnership.html). What you should expect during your hospital stay: High quality & …

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End Of Life Conversations

When is The Right Time to Have Such a Conversation? There is never a right time to discuss end of life issues. But the issues can quickly become a fact of life, oftentimes when you least expect it. Few people are physically or emotionally prepared for these types of conversations and the decisions they may require. Many think that this conversation only deals with end of life requests and final wishes. While these topics are …

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Vaccination Guide For Parents

Below is a suggested list of vaccinations for children. Be sure to follow the dates and guidelines directed by your healthcare provider. Many times, these vaccines are combined to minimize injections. Ask for a vaccine record book and take it to every visit to your healthcare provider. Hepatitis B (HepB):  protects against a virus that attacks the liver. This virus can lead to scarring and cancer of the liver. HepB is spread through blood, body …

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However deep I am sunk in despair, Groaning in my distress, Yet will I hope in God, I will praise Him continually For He is my deliverer. Amen. Psalms 42:6