Steps and precautions for quick recovery during hospitalisation
Recent advancement in technology has created an immensely complex healthcare system. This complexity brings many challenges for healthcare staff in order to help the patient recover quickly. Although a lot of people are treated successfully but there are times when things can go unexpected.
The science of delivering safer medical care in complex, pressurised and fast-moving environment is key to the quick and successful recovery of patients and everyone should be aware of this knowledge.
How can patients take ownership for their own speedy recovery?
- Assist the hospital staff by ensuring that your personal data is accurate, including the allergies that you might be suffering from.
- Ask questions if you have any doubt or if you are not sure of any detail about the diagnosis. If in doubt, seek a second opinion on a medical condition.
- Ask the doctor about the pros and cons of any medical procedure that is prescribed for you. Be clear about the side effects it might have.
Steps that doctors and hospitals take to ensure fast recovery of patients:
- Ensuring proper patient identity. Patient coding/ labeling can be helpful
- Not using abbreviations while writing prescriptions. Using capital letters makes it easy for the patient to understand
- Proper training for healthcare professionals and team building activities
- Utilisation state-of-the-art healthcare infrastructure
- Effective use of signage will avoid unnecessary delays during hospitalisation
- Taking proper charge when handing over/taking over the patients especially during shifts
- Engaging patient and their families in their own care
- Adherence to Standard Operative Procedure (SOP)
- Rational use of medicines and avoiding over prescription
Some universal precautions applicable to everyone:
- Hand hygiene: Wash/ sanitize your hands frequently while providing any kind of care to the patients
- Gloves: Wear gloves while coming in contact with the patient
- Facial protection: Wear a surgical, eyewear or face shield while treating the patient
- Linen: Proper sterilization of linen before every use
- Needles: Dispose of the contaminated needles after every use
- Patient care equipment: Clean and disinfect the reusable equipment before using it for another patient
- Dispose of the waste: Ensure proper disposal of biomedical waste (waste produced in the hospital)
- Etiquettes: Cover the nose/mouth while coughing/sneezing. Use a tissue/ handkerchief
With all these measures, doctors and caregivers can keep patients protected and away from harm. These steps will also help patients to make a quick recovery. Do share this information with your loved ones to spread awareness about this important issue.