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February 1, 2016
Whether you’re in for a routine, scheduled appointment or accompanying a loved one following an emergency event, hospital stays can be overwhelming. Stress and physical pain can cloud the memory and influence emotions, making it difficult to guarantee comfort, safety, and happiness.
While it’s not always possible to be completely prepared for a hospital visit, having a few key concepts in place ahead of time can make an enormous difference when the time does come. That’s why today we’re sharing our Safe Stay Hospital Checklist, to help you and the ones you love ensure a healthier, more enjoyable stay during your next visit to the hospital.
1) Map your Meds
One of the most important ways that you can guarantee a safe hospital stay is to inform staff of every medication you are currently taking, as well as any allergies or pre-existing health conditions. An easy way to accomplish this step is to keep a list of this information with you at all times, in a place like your wallet.
2) Bring a Buddy
It’s hard to advocate for yourself when you are unwell. Designate a companion to join you throughout your stay. Tell them about any concerns that you need to address in advance, so that they are prepared in the event that you can’t do it yourself.
3) Always Ask
Hospital staff are extremely educated and knowledgeable- but that doesn’t mean that they always know exactly the right course of action for you. Never be afraid to ask the tough questions and don’t let anything go unsaid that doesn’t feel right to you.
4) Scrub for Safety
By far, one of the best ways to guarantee your health and safety during a hospital stay is to wash your hands frequently and make sure that every health care professional treating you has washed their hands as well. Further to tip #3: Don’t be afraid to ask! In fact, you may even see hospital staff wearing buttons proclaiming, “Ask me if I’ve washed my hands”!
5) Post-Procedure Pointers
Never leave the hospital without specific instructions for post-treatment care, follow-up appointments, and contact information should you need further assistance. If you’re leaving the hospital foggy from medication, make sure that your hospital companion referenced in step #2 knows in advance to ask for this information.
Did you know that the type of faucet health care professionals use to wash their hands can influence your health? Research has shown that the numerous complicated moving parts inside of a sensor faucet create tiny crevices in which bacteria can multiply and contaminate the water flow itself.
By contrast, Tapmaster® hands-free faucet controllers have been specifically engineered to include very few moving parts. Their simple design eliminates the risk of water stream contamination from inside of the faucet, while also mitigating the risk of contamination on the faucet handle and countertop.
So perhaps the better question might be: “Ask me if I washed my hands with a Tapmaster®”!
For more information on how Tapmaster® hands-free faucet controllers reduce the spread of germs in a medical health environment, reach out to our team or check out our online resources today!
What are your tips for making a hospital stay more comfortable?
 Gizmag, “Hands-Free Faucets Not Necessarily Better, Say Scientists”, http://www.gizmag.com/hands-free-faucets-not-necessarily-better/18301/