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Becoming an Empowered Patient

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New England Baptist Hospital encourages all patients to play an active role in their care and recovery. We believe that educating and empowering patients directly impacts clinical outcomes. In celebration of Patient Centered Care Awareness Month, we urge patients to educate themselves prior to surgery and communicate their expectations, concerns and hopes to their health care teams. Tricia Ide, RN, MS, Senior Director for Quality, Patient Safety and Patient Experience, has the following tips on how you can take control of your healthcare and become an empowered patient.

Ask Questions
Be sure to speak up when you need more information from your doctor. If surgery is recommended, make sure you understand your procedure and the benefits, risks, and recovery time involved.

Take Advantage of Educational Opportunities
NEBH offers a range of opportunities for patients to learn from and work with its specialists. Learn more.  

Help Prevent Infections
In any hospital, hand hygiene is the single most important measure for preventing the spread of infection to patients. Help prevent infection by asking your doctor, nurse, and anyone else who enters your room: "Did you wash or sanitize your hands?"

Help Prevent Falls
After surgery, there are a number of things you can do to prevent falls.

  • Do not try to get up without help. Most falls occur when patients try to walk too early without help.
  • Inform anyone from your health care team if you begin to feel dizzy or unsteady.
  • Always use a walking device (cane, walker, crutches) if your physical therapist instructs you to use one.
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