Sometimes, you may have the great benefit of knowing that you are going into the hospital before you have to go. Certainly better than being towed away to the hospital unknowingly or unwillingly! This is a major plus because it can help you be better prepared while you are there as well as help your family and friends be better prepared.
Here, I am going to list out some things that I think you need to know prior to going, what you need to consider, and questions to ask. This will make your stay and recovery much better. Less stress, right?!
- Take a friend – When meeting with your doctor prior to going into the hospital for any kind of procedure or any length of stay, you need to make sure that you take a friend or loved one along with you to your doctor’s appointment so that you are able to ask questions. Your friend or loved one can also think of questions that you may have missed.
- All about choices – if there is more than one hospital in your area, talk to your doctor about which one that he or she may prefer or recommend. Not all hospitals are created equal. You can also ask around to your family, friends, neighbors, and co-workers. It can make a really big difference on your recovery if you choose a place that is best suited for you.
- Are you covered – All insurance policies are not created equal. Make sure that you know of, if any, deductibles or co-payments that you will be responsible for. Make sure you know the exact procedure and how long you will be in the hospital. It also does not hurt to have a worse case scenario and talk with your insurance company about that as well. It is always better to be informed than to receive a bill that could give you a coronary right on the spot!
- Do not what? – Speaking of worst case. Make sure that your doctor as well as your family and friends know what to expect in the worst case scenario. If you have a medical directive, you need to let your doctor know as well as the person that will be taking you to and from the hospital. If you have a DNR or Do Not Resuscitate, you need to let someone know.
- It’s History – This should go without saying but it is so important that your doctor, surgeon, anesthesiologist know what your history is. Even the smallest minuet detail can mean life or death. It is better to tell too much than not enough. And, believe me when I say, we have heard it all. There is nothing that you can tell the staff that would shock or dismay them. It just won’t happen. So let it all out!
There are many other things that you need to think about before heading off to the hospital to have a procedure done, but these few will get you started and thinking in the right direction.