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November 2020
Preparation for the Hospital:
Remote Advocacy
By Ilene Corina, BCPA, President, Pulse Center for Patient Safety Education & Advocacy
Preparing for a hospital stay now involves more than just the TakeCHARGE, 5 Steps for Safer Healthcare. Now you should make sure your whole family knows how to use Facebook Messenger or other software to communicate by phone, face to face. Many hospitals are keeping families away from the patient during the pandemic, and this means that complete strangers are making all decisions for your family. We can still stay connected through electronic means. But, plan ahead. For years, I have been at the bedsides of people following their surgeries.
As they come out of a groggy state the nurse, with a clip board and now a computer on wheels asks questions, one after another. Do you have any allergies? Do you know your medication? Do you feel safe at home? Do you smoke? Usually these same questions have been asked many times before. With the family at the patient’s side, they could help with the answers. Family would get water, dab their head with cool cloths and serve the patient ice chips. The family could get another pillow or blanket. The family could get someone to help the patient use the bathroom (to help avoid falls), write down questions the patient might have, and write down the answers the nurse or doctor might offer.

Now, nothing. The same people we trust to wash their hands, who often don’t, are the same people who are now overworked, overburdened and overstretched and now also taking care of your family member on their own without your support.

Before a patient had surgery recently, we practiced Facebook messenger. She was sure to pack her phone, her charger and even an extension cord to be sure we were at all times connected. Just before surgery the patient held her phone up to the surgeon, who was all scrubbed up, and asked me, “Any questions?” I asked how long the surgery was expected to take. We were done until we reconnected after the surgery. I slept with the phone next to me, still connected, and she did the same. I kept my camera covered and on mute so I would not disturb her. The patient kept her camera on, resting on the tray table, and left the microphone on all night. I heard the nurse come in at 3:00 AM to give pain medication and asked through the phone “Who is the patient you are looking for and what is the medication you are giving her?” And when the patient woke up in the morning and said they never gave her pain medication, I was able to tell her they had. If the patient needed to go to the bathroom and no one came to help, I could call the nurse’s station. When the doctor made the very early rounds and talked about giving the patient “pain medication” I asked if it would be an opioid, something I knew the patient would rather not take when her pain was not that bad. The doctor said it was.

Staying connected can work, but plan ahead and practice using the services until you’re comfortable with a system that works for you, especially if the person being hospitalized is older, sicker or not familiar with the electronic services available.
NEXT PROGRAM: November 9th, 2020 7:00 PM EASTERN TIME
Understanding Health Insurance:    
 How to Avoid Excessive Out-of-Pocket Claims Costs  and How to Appeal Denials
Presented by Lou Bernardi and Rita Saïd
Managed Care plans have evolved significantly over the past ten years. The Affordable Care Act (ACA) of 2010 created a system to help employees and individuals make choosing a plan easier. But far too often, people choose health plans based on the premium costs without knowing the differences in benefits between each plan. It’s more important than ever to understand the benefits of your plan, and how to appeal the denial of a claim. How does this happen and what can you do? Learn how to advocate for yourself by joining our discussion. ALL are welcome!
Learn more and register here: People for Patient Safety
Come early and and network or just say "hello"
The room opens 15 minutes before the hour
If you missed the October Program,
you still have a chance to see the edited presentation. Video Below
A Conversation with
Dr. Bruce Hirsch
Dr. Hirsch makes the information about the coronavirus simple and easy to understand. Feel free to share it with anyone you think might need a reminder about COVID-19.

This video made in March and it's a good time to review again.
If you missed the FUNdraiser,
Sunday, October 11th, 2020
You missed the FUN!
Here some of the winners show off their prizes.
Patient Advocate Cathy Bond from Atlanta, GA , Founder of A Listening Ear, shows off her winning gift card donated by Step Ahead Networking
Leslie Snapper, Southbury CT
shows off her Target gift card she won at the fundraiser
JoJo Granoff, Baldwin, Long Island poses with her holiday basket of coffee and a scarecrow donated by Ocean Gypsy Gift Baskets
Lori McBride, Levittown, Long Island Shares her prize with her granddaughter
Thank You Again to Our Event Sponsors
and to all who attended!!
Need a speaker for your organization? We are available via Zoom! Contact Pulse Center for Patient Safety at (516) 579-4711 and we will arrange for a speaker to present on a number of topics around patient safety or preparing to be a patient. We are happy to put a panel together for you too, on a number of topics! Let's talk!
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Family Advocacy Consultation
Do you and your family want to discuss roles as support for each other? At Pulse Center for Patient Safety Education & Advocacy,we help people who care about each other, care for each other. Consider a 30-minute consultation about what you can do to help each other. Contact Pulse at (516) 579-4711 or e-mail

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