Hospital Visits

Thursday, March 09, 2017

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 todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

Hospital visitors can be safety hazards who potentially introduce problems to the patients they hope to cheer up. Here are some dos and donts when visiting a friend or loved one.

Call first. Patients are taken from their rooms for X-ray, physical therapy and other treatments. Always call to find out if the patient feels up to having a visit and when would be a convenient time.

Check in with the nursing station when you first come in. Make sure nothing has changed in the patients condition that would prohibit visits, or that might require special precautions for visitors.

Keep it short. While the length of a visit should be determined by the patients condition and need, shorter is always better than longer.

Offer help. Being in a hospital means leaving many other things undone.

Dont take young children unless its absolutely necessary.

Never visit the hospital if you are sick, and

Always wash your hands when entering and leaving a hospital room.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.