Trish gave us an update on Robert’s status: He was admitted to ICU last night because of concern he has sepsis (a serious infection in the bloodstream; you can more here). It’s still a concern, but his blood pressure is up, a good sign.
Trish described the importance of being an informed advocate during a caree’s hospitalization. An attending wanted to take Robert off his seizure medication. Trish stepped in to make sure nothing was changed without the approval of Robert’s neurologist. Because of her involvement, a critical error (taking Robert off his much-needed medication) was avoided.
I asked Trish what she’s packed for her day at the hospital. She’s got a book, her iPhone, her phone charger and Robert’s toiletries. I also asked for her top tips of managing a caree’s hospitalization; they are:
1. Appoint one main contact for all interactions with hospital staff. One contact minimizes confusion and miscommunication.
2. Keep notes. It’s a looooong day in the hospital and it’s impossible to remember everything.
3. Bring a copy of your caree’s medication list, which you go over with each shift’s staff.
4. Get to the know the staff–a good relationship with the staff helps you get good care.
Please feel free to add your tips in our comments section below.
We’re so grateful that Trish joined us this morning. We wish Robert a very speedy recovery.
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