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.
Making a triple zero (000) call for an ambulance is usually going to be a stressful and difficult experience. Taking a little time now to read about what happens when you make the call might make a big difference if you actually need to do it. I'm not sure if I should call an ambulance … Continue reading How to call an ambulance!
William is a 68 year old man who has just died in hospital. He could be your friend. He could be your spouse. He could be a close family member. This is the story of what will happen to William next. Immediately after William has died. William's death might be expected: he has been receiving … Continue reading What happens after you die in hospital?