When Analyzing Population Health, it is important to understand that a more informed patient is a better patient. When the population has better and accurate information on the working so the healthcare system, they become better patients, corporate more with doctors and nurses, and become more engaged patients in general. An engaged and informed patient is a better patient.
Things The Patient Population Should Know About Hospitals
Hospitals Try to Attract Patients
Don’t think because hospitals offer treatment that they don’t worry about marketing and sales and how they present themselves to their patients. Hospitals sometimes operate like hotels in that they try to make their accommodations more enticing and luxurious so as to attract patients their facility. They do this so they don’t lose revenue or lose patients to competing hospitals or other clinics or healthcare organizations.
Patients Should Pay Attention to their Meds
Patients should pay attention to the meds they are being prescribed and they should also have a good information and knowledge about all medications they have taken in the past and the ones they are currently taking. This will help physicians better prescribe the right medication for the patient.
Teaching Hospitals are the Best
Teaching hospitals are the best bet when a patient needs complex medical procedures. This is because teaching hospitals stay at the forefront of medicine and healthcare research and try to offer the best care because they are teaching hospitals and must be up to date with everything. Also, teaching hospitals have more probing eyes and checks and balances because residents ask questions, schools ask questions, more governing bodies watch over them and so they pay more attention to prevent errors and complications
Shop Around for Rehab
If you have an illness that needs rehab after treatment, patients should do their own research to find rehab facilities that have experience treating their kind of illness. For example, if a patient has a hip fracture, a rehab facility that specializes in hip fracture will be a better choice because they will have more than enough experience treating patients recovering from hip fractures.
Contrary to what people might think a hospital can be full of germs and is a likely place to contact germs and diseases. Ask for sanitation equipment like bleach and alcohol to clean everything, clean the bed rails, the side table, doorknobs, remotes, phones in the hospital room, the bathroom etc. Sanitizing anything will reduce the possibility of you contacting gems from the surroundings.
Join the Conversation
It’s been said over and over again that patient engagement helps to improve the quality of care patients receive and speed up their recovery. Doctors and nurses know this but they might be too busy to try to get you to be involved so try to be more engaged and join the conversation. Doing this will help you spot possible mistakes and help inform your doctor more on how you are feeling. Also, ask your doctor what they will be doing. For example, ask your doctor is they will be performing all of your treatments or if other medical personnel will get involved later on in the process.
Don’t be a Distraction
As much as patients should engage with their doctor and join the conversation, patients should try not to distract doctors or nurses while they are doing their jobs. For example, if a nurse is sorting out your medication, try not to talk to them or distract them. Studies have shown that the more times a patient interrupts your doctor the more likely they are to mix up the patients medication
Ask if you’ll be Admitted
Sometimes it can be common for a patient to assume that they won’t be admitted or they underestimate the severity of their condition. Patients should ask if they will be admitted and this will help patients be more prepared. Also, it can give patients time to figure out their finances.
Patients should Check Their Bill
It is quite common for hospital bills to contain error. Hospital bills have been known to have errors as patients could be charged for different services or charged for services they did not receive. Patients should also ask if there are any existing discounts they can take advantage of.
Hospitals Track Patient Data
Patients should know that hospitals track their data. Hospitals these days use big data and big data is only useful when it is properly updated. Hospitals take patient information such as their address, their medical condition, their insurance information etc. Based on these information hospitals can analyze a patients preferences, anticipate their needs etc. and this helps the hospital boost patient satisfaction.
Hospital Food Could Make Patients Sick
There is no connection between the hospital kitchen and the treatment patients are receiving so they could be given the wrong foods to be eaten. Patients should be mindful of what they eat while they are admitted to the hospital. Patients should ask doctors if there are any foods they should avoid.
Patients Should Schedule Surgery Early in the Week
Having an important surgery during a weekend or on a public holiday or on a Friday might not be a good idea because hospitals are more likely to be staffed with less experienced doctors. Scheduling it at the beginning of the week will ensure you have the best doctors on your service. If a patient is having a surgery that won’t require them to stay too long in the hospital, they should do it at the beginning of the week so they don’t have to spend the weekend unnecessarily in the hospital.