A Patient Advocate Can Help In The ER.
Written by John J. Genovesi, Author of "Are you Ready for the ER?" - ebook
A patient advocate can be your support person in the emergency room. A patient advocate can be a friend, family member, neighbor, or caregiver familiar with you and your medical history. You could have more than one advocate if you are in the ER for awhile. They can be your eyes and ears, and let’s not forget what’s most important: he or she can provide emotional support. In an emergency, you might not be thinking clearly. A patient advocate can review and double check that the medications being given are not on your allergy list, as noted on your medical health care record, chart, or wristband. Your advocate can call a nurse to the room when the ER staff gets busy and does not hear the buzzer when you desperately need help.
Just having a patient advocate can also help when the doctor gives a diagnosis or test results. Patients might not understand everything the doctor says, and the patient advocate can take notes and review them later or ask the floor nurse to help. Your advocate can help review any legal papers the hospital wants you to sign. They also can present them to your legal guardian for their review.
Why not have someone assist you in the ER, support you, watch over you, and help to make decisions in a crisis situation. These decisions can be the most important decisions of your life. Having an advocate also can be a great stress-reducer.
Here is an overview in how a patient advocate can help in the ER:
- Assist patient in watching for allergic reactions caused by new medications.
- Help the patient understand treatment and diagnosis.
- Provide moral support for the patient.
- Assist with overall communication with doctor’s, nurses and hospital staff.
- An advocate can also relieve stress for the patient.
- Review medications, new and old. Write down all medications given to the patient in the ER.
- Write down all tests and procedures done in the ER.
One of the most important things you can do for yourself and family member is to have a patient advocate. Be prepared prior to having a medical emergency. You can do this by listing all of your allergies, medications, current and past history, and personal information on a sheet of paper or have a My Medical Aid Health Card with you which is offered at www.mycare101.com.
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