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How to Sleep Better in the Hospital

I think I’m not alone when I say that I’m not fun to be around when I am sleep deprived. Not only am I grumpy, I don’t feel good. As we all know, sleep is important for our bodies and our minds. And it turns out that sleep is very important for physical healing. But […]

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The Benefits of Participating in Hospital Rounds

I’ve been shouting this message from my rooftop for years* – patients who communicate effectively and actively engage in their care have better outcomes and a reduced risk of medical errors. However, for hospitalized patients, this can be tricky. Ideally, doctors would include patients and/or family members in their daily “rounds” conversations. But, not all hospitals […]

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Dangers in Hospitals

We go to the hospital for care and recovery. Certainly no one wants to get sicker in the hospital, but it happens more often than most people realize. There are dangers in hospitals, and other healthcare facilities, that can cause serious harm, even death. Each year ECRI* compiles of a list of top health technology […]

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Health Hazards in Hospitals

As a patient, it’s scary be in the hospital. It’s equally scary when your loved one is in the hospital. We all worry about health and recovery. Most of us don’t worry about the risk of getting sicker from health hazards in the hospital. But we should. It turns out there are dangers lurking in […]

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Nurse Stress and Fatigue Can Impact Your Health

How well do you function when you’re exhausted and overwhelmed? There’s no need to answer that, because no one is at their best under those conditions. We’ve all had times in our lives when exhaustion made it hard to concentrate and function. However, if you’re an exhausted and/or stressed nurse responsible for patients’ lives, the […]

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What Happens if You Don’t Get Your Test Results When You Leave the Hospital?

As a hospital patient, it is almost certain that your doctors will order tests to determine your diagnosis and/or treatment plans. Getting the results of these tests, and following through with care based on the findings, is critical for your health. But sometimes you don’t get these results before you are discharged. What happens if you don’t […]

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