Tips that will make your visit better

Bring a list of your medications.

Certain drug allergies or interactions can harm or even kill you. To begin treatment, doctors will ideally need to find out about all the medications you’re taking.   Take note of all of the medications you are currently using – quoting the correct names and dosages — on a card that you keep in your wallet.  Or, throw your medications into a bag and take them to the hospital.

Bring somebody with you.

It’s likely that when you go to the ER, you won’t be feeling your best and your concentration and focus will be suffering as a result. It’s always a good idea to bring somebody with you — a spouse or a trusted friend — who can help answer questions about your condition and remind you of any information the medical team gives you during the assessment and about your treatment plan.

Bring comfort items.

Bottled water, hand sanitizer, tissues, an extra sweater, healthy snacks and cash for the cafeteria or vending machines could all come in handy during a long wait.

Bring something to read.

It will help the time pass and may relieve some anxiety by taking your mind off your surroundings.

Try to be understanding.

The reality of the ER is that unless you’re dying, you’re going to be treated after someone who is likely much sicker.  That said, ER staff are doing their best to get to you quickly and they will be responsive if you have a reasonable request.  If your grandmother’s pain is worsening, for instance, let the staff know of the change in her status since your check-in and ask if someone can check on her quickly.

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