Whenever we hear the news that a loved one is sick, we want to meet them. In Indian society, be it cities or villages, it is a kind of tradition that we all want to know about each other’s health. Even in the case of Kovid-19, when people were not allowed to leave their homes, we inquired with each other through video calls. Treatment of the patient, his health becomes our concern. But these concerns sometimes lead to lapses in patient safety. In addition to all tests, medications and treatment, the behavior of family members largely determines the patient’s safety. So if you’re going to meet someone, then it’s important to keep some things in mind for patient safety tips. On the occasion of World Patient Safety Day 2022, let us know some such important tips.
Both crowds and quacks are harmful
Even today, be it a rural area or a small town in India, we go in droves to visit a patient in a hospital or at home. You don’t want to miss out on turning the hospital into a picnic spot. We want to bring all kinds of food and drinks with the patient. If you’re going to meet a patient in the hospital, then as soon as you get the chance, don’t miss Google knowledge about the disease in front of the doctor.
To a patient with a terminal disease like cancer, we say such things, because of which the patient becomes depressed. Sometimes people visiting the patient also increase the risk of infection. In view of this negligence towards the patient, the World Health Organization (WHO) felt the need to make people aware. Hence the practice of celebrating World Patient Safety Day on September 17 worldwide.
What is World Patient Safety Day?
The purpose of this special day is to increase global understanding of patient safety, reduce harm to patients and protect their lives. To spread this message, the World Health Organization organized World Patient Safety Day 2019. (World Patient Safety Day) began to celebrate. It is celebrated every year on September 17. We are aware of its importance during the Corona pandemic. We all want the patient to recover quickly, he should not have health complications. That’s why we have to take precautions before we go out to meet.
We spoke with dr. Aarti Anand, Senior Clinical Psychologist at Sir Ganga Ram Hospital, about the things we should be aware of before visiting a hospital or home for patient safety and care. dr. Aarti gives us 5 important tips to keep in mind before meeting a patient.
These 5 tips will help keep patients safe
1 Permission required
Every hospital has a fixed time. We should always follow that rule. First of all, we need to get permission from the ward or nurse to meet the patient. The patient should be visited at the time they give us. Visits to the doctor should be avoided during hospital rounds, patient meals, hospital sanitary facilities, and patient cleanliness.
Upon arrival at the hospital, staff such as resident, nurse, doctor, ward nurse, receptionist should be treated well. Because in the hospital, everyone takes care of the patient as a family member. Do not interfere with their work.
2 Do not turn the patient room into a picnic room
We Indians love events. They also make the event a visit to the patient in the hospital or at home. Then many people go there together. Along with fruit for the patient, they also bring various kinds of food and drinks.
It should be kept in mind that regardless of whether the disease is common or severe, in most cases the most harmful thing to the patient is infection from other people. Do not visit more than one person at a time. If you want to give the patient the necessary food to eat and drink, give it only after consulting the doctor.
3 Take care of cleanliness
Before visiting the patient, wash your hands thoroughly with soap. It is very important to follow the hand washing procedure. Most infections are spread through the nails and hands and contain bacteria.
Visit only after disinfection. Wear a mask if necessary.
4 Keep negative things away from the patient
People often start talking negatively when they go to meet patients with a deadly disease like cancer. It is wrong to talk about the cost of illness, life and death, etc. in front of the patient. Since all these things are forbidden, they should remain outside the sick room. Whether it is a patient suffering from any disease, you always do positive and inspiring things in front of him. The patient needs your love and encouragement, not your advice and guidance. We must remember that this person is already troubled by his illness. No more bothering them.
5 to your knowledge maintain control
Which type of treatment is given for which disease of the patient. Also, be aware of the technology being used, etc. Inform the patient about this. But never give away too much knowledge. If you need any information, ask your doctor or nurse.
Do not talk too much with the patient. This makes them feel tired. We often show off our knowledge in front of the patient and the doctor by getting incomplete knowledge about the disease on the Internet. We should avoid this. It should be remembered that it is wrong to project your knowledge in front of diseases and diagnoses that the doctor has studied for many years. We must be aware of illness and healing. Quacks should not try to become life-threatening.