Admission to the hospital can happen in various ways. Your family member may be treated in the Emergency Room (ER) and need additional treatment requiring a hospital stay. Other times you may know that your family member will be staying in the hospital for at least one night. This planned admission could be for elective (non-emergency) surgery, tests, or special procedures. Whether it starts as an emergency or as a planned admission, a hospital stay is often the first stage in a series of transitions, or moves to different health care settings. You and your family member will feel more prepared and perhaps less anxious when you know what to expect.
Hospital Kit for Your Family Member
You and your family member can create a kit to take to the hospital. Here are some items to include in your hospital kit:
- Your family member’s insurance information and identification card.
- List of doctors treating your family member. Make sure to include each doctor’s phone number and other contact information.
- Telephone numbers of people to call in an emergency.
- Test reports, lab results, and copies of recent X-rays. If you do not have these reports then at least write down where these tests were done.
- Names and dose of all your family member’s medications. This includes prescription drugs as well as vitamins, herbals, laxatives, and other over-the-counter products.
- List of any allergies your family member has to medicine and food.
Items NOT to Bring to the Hospital
Some items are best left at home. These include:
- Medications (unless the doctor asks you to bring them). At some point you may be asked to bring in certain medications you cannot get at the hospital.
- Valuables such as your family member’s wallet, jewelry, laptop, ipad etc.
- Electric razors, hair dryers, or medical equipment used at home. These items may cause problems when used near hospital equipment.
- Linen – pillows and blankets.
Patient Rights and Responsibilities
There are a lot of papers to sign when your family member goes to the hospital. These include:
General consent agreement. This is for routine treatment. Your family member will be asked to sign this. You may be the one to sign if you are the “legally responsible person” for your family member usually referred to as the “next of kin”. Please note that details regarding the patient will only be released/discussed with the patient or the next of kin appointed. Relatives, friends including those calling from Overseas will have to directly speak to the next of kin. MIOT Pacific Hospitals treats our patients confidentiality with the utmost respect. Consent for surgery or other special procedure. The doctor will talk with you about risks and benefits of this surgery or procedure. Your family member (or you) will then be asked to sign a separate consent form. Ask the doctor for more information if you do not fully understand or have questions.
Agreement to pay for services not covered (paid for) by your health insurance provider.