Caregiving Tips Weekly Recap. Hospitals: Medication and Medical Procedures

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Gincy and Richard at the
Epilepsy Awareness Day Expo
2017
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Now for the weekly recap:
The tips posted this past week were from the Hospitals: Medication and Medical Procedures chapter of 365 Caregiving Tips: Hospitals, Care Facilities and Hospice, Practical Tips from Everyday Caregivers.
Tip 50.  If there is a prolonged hospital stay or you note any different behavior in your loved one, check the medications they are being given.  A doctor may have changed something while you were out or hospital-induced delirium may be a factor.
Tip 51.  Hospital-induced delirium is very common.  This is a temporary problem but one which is often undiagnosed.  The sooner it is recognized, the quicker your loved one can recover.
Tip 52.  Always check with the nurse if your loved one is requesting medication from you or a visitor – even if it is an over-the-counter medication.
Tip 53.  If possible, bring a days’ supply of your loved one’s medication with you when you first go to the emergency room.  It might take several hours for the hospital pharmacy to fill any medications needed and if there are unusual medications your loved one needs the doctor may allow your home medication to be used.  Always check with the doctor before administering any medications, however.
Tip 54.  Look at all medications the hospital staff is giving your loved one.  Ask questions if the pills do not look familiar.  It might be the medication is a different brand than the kind you have at home but it is very possible they are administering an incorrect pill.
Tip 56.  When a blood draw becomes problematic, suggest the nurse use an ultrasound in order to reduce multiple, painful sticks.
Tip 59.  The options for medical tests are oftentimes dependent upon insurance approvals.  If there is a medical test that is medically necessary but is being declined by insurance, contact the patient advocacy department and appeal the decision.
Coming up this week (on Twitter and our Facebook page) the tips will be from the chapter Hospitals: Communication in our book, 365 Caregiving Tips: Hospitals, Care Facilities and Hospice, Practical Tips from Everyday Caregivers.
Thank you for reading and we hope these tips make your caregiving life a little easier.
Take care,
Trish, Pegi, Gincy, Richard and Kathy