Going to visit a patient in hospital there are a few underlining etiquette's to observe. It is important to follow some simple protocols for a smooth visit.
The unwritten rules border on respect, consideration, and proper etiquette's. Here are some tips on how to behave during a hospital visit.
Refrain from Wearing Perfume
Everyone wants to look and smell nice especially when visiting a loved one. However wearing perfume could cause sever reaction in sick people at the hospital.
The scent could cause nausea, extreme irritation, sneezing and discomfort to patients. Therefore refrain from wearing perfume and simply take a good shower.
Bathe with Antiseptic Soap after every Visit
Unfortunately, despite the level of disinfectants and hygiene practiced by hospitals the place is a cesspool of diseases. Many infectious diseases are airborne or transmitted through contact.
You need to take small precautions after a hospital visit. Once home take a shower and use antiseptic soap as a simple precautionary measure.
Wash your hands thoroughly before eating any meal. Once home from a visit wash the cloths you wore thoroughly to remove any germs.
Sick people are usually anxious, depressed and eager to see friendly face. They are highly susceptible to any act of consideration or kind gesture.
Presenting a gift to a sick person improves the moral and offers hope and encouragement. There are appropriate and inappropriate types of gifts to present to a sick person.
A good gift is a book, magazine, photographs, puzzles and personalized gifts. Other useful gifts are iPods, flowers or Mylar balloons.
Luckily there are many laws prohibiting smoking in public places. The habit is unhealthy and not tolerated in hospitals.
If you are desperate for a drag make sure it is done hours before your visit. Cigarette smoke has an unpleasant smell and known to cling to your cloths.
Schedule the Visit
It is important to schedule the visit with the hospital authorities and patient. Different hospitals have laws guiding patient visits including strict compliance to visiting hours.
Call the hospital to make an appointment and remind the patient of your visit. Check your health especially small ailments such as couch or sneezing because you don’t want t compound the patient’s problems.
Let Them Know How Much You Care
It is important to show lots of care and goodwill to patients. This is because they are vulnerable and need emotional stability and support.
Letting them know how much you care is a good moral booster for sad patients. En-quire about their health and share only uplifting stories.
Keep it Short
Although the patient is happy to see you staying longer than necessary is counter productive. Sick people need lots of rest to recuperate and get their strength back. Keep your visit short and sweet by encouraging the patient by lending emotional support.
Patients Room Etiquette's
While in the patient’s room avoid sitting on the bed. There is a good reason each hospital room has a chair in the corner to avoid undue contact with patient.
Bring only the biological children of the patient when necessary and avoid any equipment in the room. Abide by a NO VISITORS sign at the door of a patients room. The doctors or nurses might wish the patient have adequate rest or the person needs a little privacy.
Illness is a burden any individual has to bare alone, regardless of affection and sympathy we show. They may require personal healing time and periods of self reflection.
Don’t visit if you are sick
It is important to avoid going to visit a patient when you are sick. The reason is because you can pass on the ailment or even contact an opportunistic infection. If you have a slight headache or other minor ailments you can go ahead or reschedule the visit.
Make Light Conversation
It is proper to ask how they are doing and make light conversation by keeping them informed on positive things happening at home. Refrain from answering phone calls in the hospital room and place the phone on silent or vibrate.
Avoid negative comments that could further depress the patient. Another thing to observer include respecting other roommates privacy. Don’t become a medical doctor overnight instead help the patient with small tasks.
Hospital etiquette's are meant to protect the patient and the visitor. It offers a simply suggestions for happier and meaningful visits to loved ones.