Three Patient Preparedness Tips You’ll Want to Learn
Going to the doctor is simple enough. You call them, schedule an appointment, and show up. That is usually all there is to it. You may have to fast or avoid drinking coffee before certain appointments, but you’ll know that ahead of time. So, it may seem counterintuitive to talk about patient preparedness. When it comes to your health, you don’t want to leave anything to chance. Find some simple, helpful things you can do before seeing your doctor below!
Write Down Your Goals
Maybe you’re going to the doctor for a routine checkup, an annual physical, or for weight loss. Whatever the reason you decided to see your doctor, it helps to put down your goals before heading in. In fact, patients who enter the doctor’s office with a checklist ask more questions and feel better about their trip afterward.
Have a Patient Emergency Preparedness Plan
Although making a patient emergency preparedness plan may sound frightening, it’s a good idea. Everyone’s emergency preparedness plan is going to look different. What you put on it depends on your unique circumstances:
- Your overall health
- Your family medical history
- Your age
- Your medications
- Where you live
So, how can you begin practicing emergency preparedness for patients, and what should be on your plan? First, write down what you want to happen if a medical emergency occurs. What hospital will you go to? What doctors and family members should be notified? Then you’ll want to list out all current medications, as well as any you’ve recently stopped taking. This will help emergency medical professionals get a better idea of what might have happened and know what medication they should (and shouldn’t) give you.
Note any allergies you have, what you would like done if you’re unable to communicate, and designate a healthcare surrogate (sometimes called a healthcare proxy). Don’t forget to talk to your surrogate about your wishes. These will all help ensure you get the care you expect and deserve during an emergency.
Follow Your Doctor’s Guidelines
Make sure you follow your doctor’s guidelines before heading into the office. For example, your doctor may ask that you avoid drinking coffee before your visit. This is easier said than done, especially if you have a morning appointment, but it helps your medical professionals get a more accurate picture of your health.
Other guidelines your doctor may ask you to follow include:
- Avoiding cold of flu medicine before your appointment
- Avoiding deodorant if you’re scheduled for a mammogram
- Avoiding alcohol and high-fat foods before a blood test
- Making sure you’re properly hydrated before a physical or anything requiring a urine test
Now that you know what patient preparedness looks like, contact GMP Medical today at (305) 823-2433 to schedule your next appointment! Our team of medical professionals has been helping South Floridians feel their best for almost 30 years.
June 6, 2019 11:21 am
Categories: Family Health