Emergency room or hospital: some useful tips!

When you are deaf or hearing impaired, or even if you can hear, not the hospital can be a confusing place. In addition, employees may not have the resources or understanding of how to take care of you in the best possible way. To keep it simple, and everyone who may deal with you need to be prepared for your visit. To do this, you need to smile, be diplomatic and strong advocate of self!


Here are some easy to implement ideas for you to refer to the doctor and the health care system!


1. Should all be drawing the patient's identity.


Examples include:


The poster, which states:


"Deaf" or "Hearing Impaired"


If you want to provide more information, this may be helpful:


"The letter reads or reads lips"


"I do not read lips"


"Translator needed" (and contact information if possible)


2. Make sure they know to arrange interpreters before and after surgery (surgery where you're awake, Caesarean section, for example, there is a need for interpreters for the entire process before, during and after!)


* Allow a surgery center or hospital know in advance that you will need interpreters.


* If a surgical center or hospital is not sure where to get interpreters, let them know a reliable interpreter services in your area ... Through the agency directly or recommendation.


* If you are not sure where to get help, contact the National Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf, city or state or local registry of interpreters. Often, they are in the phone book under the title of "translators", "deaf services," or other similar theme.


3. Find out if your hospital uses ID-color wristband similar to ID sensitivity gangs that says "deaf" or "hearing impaired" instead of penicillin allergy.


4. Check on the possibility of placing a banner yellow (or another color) on the wall behind the states, for example, "the patient is deaf." Some people may have other preferences.


* A similar idea is a sign on the door to your room.


5. Make sure call buttons with the operator of the hospital and nursing stations say that you are deaf or hard of hearing. Better let them know how to contact you!


* If family or friends want to contact you, should the operator or the nursing station to have a way to let you know if someone is calling.


* Better yet, find out if there was a way to transfer Teletypewriters (TTY) or even deport video calls (VRS) can come directly to you!


* Nursing and other staff need to be aware that if you pay a "nurse call" button, they do not "answer" with the "Can I help you?" Through the loudspeaker. They need to go to your room to learn more.


6. See if you can have them removed surgical masks (for a short period of time) or better, and learn about masks and clear to the operating room for surgical or other staff that you need to talk to you.


7. Should the surgeon and anesthesiologist do not do the operation unless emerging. You need to understand clearly the procedure and the signing of any approvals with a qualified interpreter. Make sure the interpreter or other accommodation available before the surgery happens.


8. Make sure that the emergency vet alabama is aware of the information, contact the translator or who to contact when needed.


9. If you admitted through the emergency room or your doctor's office, make sure that "the word" you are going to know about the need interpreters or assistive devices. Let them know what works for you!


10. Work with the Department of Information Technology their own ideas innovative allow patients (deaf or hearing!) To check themselves in, and the provision of insurance and other necessary information, interpreter or other places necessary, adjustments phone field so that they can include TTY and / or video sequence numbers . This can help you if you need to go to the emergency room or hospital again.


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