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How To Maximize A Stay In A Hospital

Get The Care You Need When You Need It

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You should expect a timely response to reasonable requests and questions. 

If you are not getting timely care, be politely insistent. Even though you may not be feeling well, a smile, even a weak attempt at one, can go a long way.

If no one answers your call bell, rather than wait and wait and wait pick up your phone and call the hospital operator. Ask to be connected to the nursing station on your floor. When the phone is answered, politely say you need attention in your room -- immediately.  If you're in a semi-private room, consider enlisting the help of your roommate. 

If you can afford it, you may wish to consider hiring a private duty nurse.  You will receive undivided medical attention, which may result in better compliance with medical orders and minimize your chance of medical error. However a private duty nurse may not be as skilled in all aspects that require attention, as a regular
room nurse is. 

NOTE: While we suggest that you insist on what you need, keep in mind that complaining frequently or too aggressively about minor delays and inconveniences can work against  you. As they say: "Pick your battles."

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