Hospital secrets from within can save lives
Nurses are the best sources for learning what is really happening in hospitals and medical offices.
Doctors rush from patient to patient, but it’s the nurses who spend time with them. They also see what is happening behind the scenes.
Caring Egypt shares some of the healthcare secrets it learned from these nurses. Some of these tips could save older people’s lives.
Top 4 most important insider tips for seniors. Use them to ensure that older adults receive the best care possible.
1. Avoid hospitals in July
In teaching hospitals, it is July when medical students become interns, and interns become residents.
Why is this so important? On the first day, the trainee is given the same responsibilities as a first-year resident.
But they had no practical experience and many would not seek help. This leads to errors – sometimes fatal.
Every July, death rates in teaching hospitals increase by 8 – 34%. That’s a total of 1,500 to 2,750 more deaths.
Researchers found that drug fatal errors only “increased by 10 percent” in July.
This is very frightening.
So what can you do if your senior citizens must be hospitalized in July, especially if they have a complicated procedure?
Do your best to avoid teaching hospitals. If you can’t avoid it, be very vigilant about everything that happens to seniors.
Regardless of which hospital they are in, here’s our advice:
Take lots of notes so you have a record of what each doctor says, and what tests or treatments are offered
Double check all medicines before administering them, find out what they are and reject medicines that seem incorrect
Don’t assume the doctor knows everything, ask lots of questions
Get a second opinion from a doctor you know and trust if the hospital doctor’s recommendation doesn’t seem right
2. Nurses know the truth about doctors
The nurses are behind the scenes. They watch doctors work and see first-hand what happens to patients.
If you are trying to pick a doctor for a procedure, talk privately with a nurse to ask who would choose to work on someone you love.
3. Find out who you are talking to in the doctor’s office
In doctors’ offices, you might talk to someone impersonating a nurse and giving you false information.
Often the paramedics pick up the phone and say “This is the nurse” and give advice.
But because they lack proper training, they may give incorrect answers.
This is dangerous because if you are calling to ask a question about treating older people that incorrect answer could lead to serious problems.
Medical assistants attend a one to two year degree training program, and may not have a college degree, nor do they have a license.
Nurses hold a 2-4 year university degree and a registered nursing license.
The next time you call the doctor’s office about an important question, make sure you talk to a licensed nurse and not a medical assistant.
4. Your doctor may not need this surgery
Some nurses said doctors bully people with unnecessary tests and procedures.
Doctors sometimes do not tell patients how much rehabilitation it will actually take to recover successfully from surgery.
They may not say that many patients will not return to their pre-operative jobs and that some will not be discharged from the hospital.
Don’t be afraid to ask a lot of questions about the recovery potential of older adults before deciding on a test or surgical procedure.
After all, the last thing anyone would want is for a seniors’ quality of life to be worse after a procedure that was completely unnecessary.
The world of medicine is confusing and often frightening. Experienced nurses say you shouldn’t blindly trust the medical system to do the right thing for seniors.
Don’t be afraid to ask questions until you fully understand what’s happening and agree to a senior citizen’s treatment plan.
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