Getting a good nights sleep whilst you are in hospital is an essential part of your recovery process. Poor sleep patterns (referred to as sleep hygiene) can effect the functioning of your immune system, lead to mood disorders, effect your decision making, and increase the risk of delirium (acute confusion) in some people. Despite this … Continue reading 12 ways to get a better nights sleep in hospital. Without taking drugs.
Every day, all over Australia patients that have been treated in Emergency Departments (ED's) and need admitting to hospital are moved out into ED corridors because there are no ward beds available. Nationally, emergency department waiting times are steadily rising. A recent report (pdf) released by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare shows that … Continue reading Emergency department overcrowding. Why is my bed in a corridor?
There are two types of face masks that you may be asked to wear whilst you are in hospital (or visiting someone who is unwell). Standard face mask. N95 face mask. These are both disposable, single use masks. It is very important that they are fitted properly in order to be effective. Standard face mask. … Continue reading How to wear a hospital mask like a BOSS.
Having up to date information on your medical conditions, drug allergies, next of kin and care directives is vitally important to healthcare providers. You should carry this information on you. Always.Despite initiatives such as the My Heath Record (somewhat controversially) being rolled out in Australia, your health records may not always be readily accessible in an … Continue reading Keep EMERGENCY health info with you always.
There are several different types of crutches (including elbow crutches and gutter crutches) but by far the most common is the Axillary crutch. The Axillary crutch is used following acute, short-term injuries and comes in both aluminium and wooden varieties that are adjustable in height and have a movable handgrip. Correct fit adjustments:To set the … Continue reading How to use crutches.