Hospital Visiting Tips
Monday, January 12, 2009
A friend or a loved one is in the hospital and you want to go visit. Sounds simple, but there are some things you need to think about before you look in on that loved one. Dr. Edward Hill explains in todayís 60 Second Housecall.
Most of us head to the hospital to visit a sick or recovering friend or family member without giving it much thought. But there are many things you can and should do to make sure the experience is both positive and safe for you, the patient and your family.
ź Call first. Always call to find out if the patient feels up to having a visit and when would be a convenient time.
ź Check in with the nursing station when you first arrive. Make sure nothing has changed in the patientís condition that would prohibit visits, or that might require special precautions for visitors.
ź Keep it short. While the length of a visit should be determined by the patient's condition and need, shorter is always better than longer.
ź Offer help. Being in a hospital means leaving many other things undone. Offer to collect mail, run errands or walk the dog.
ź Never visit the hospital if you are sick, and do not sit on the patientís bed.
ź Always wash your hands when entering and leaving a hospital room.
For North Mississippi Medical Center, Iím Dr. Edward Hill.