Mamas on Bedrest: The Importance of Speaking Up!

July 24th, 2013

It’s video Wednesday!

Today’s post is all about patient advocacy-Self advocacy and advocacy on behalf of others.  I received an e-mail from a Mama on Bedrest who had been placed on hospital bed rest for the last few weeks of her pregnancy due to preterm labor. About a week later, she e-mailed again saying that she had been moved to another hospital and that she was not being treated well and wanted to leave.

In this video, I review the 3 most important things about patient advocacy:

1. Ask Questions and know why treatments are being prescribed, what are the expected outcomes and what are the expected adverse effects.

2. Have an advocate attend office visits and be present when important information or instructions are being given.

3. Seek the support and assistance of applicable hospital staff such as social workers, case managers, charge nurses and discharge planners.

Have you experienced difficult or negative healthcare experiences? How did you or someone else speak up? Share your experience in the comments section below.

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