What a Concept!
December 8, 2017 7:09am CST
Yesterday in the out patient day surgery department both my husband as well as myself got our instructions. Yes, he did too! When I registered he was given a tracking number for me. It made me feel like a package. We began in the out patient day surgery department, and when I was wheeled to the OR, he was escorted to the first stop along the way. He had to register with the volunteer in the OR waiting room. She explained that there were 4 monitors in various areas of the hospital that would allow him to track my progress. And each time that I moved from 1 department to another, the colour of underline under my number on the screen would change. It kept him on his toes, and it was quite a smart concept. Of course it didn't stop me from asking for him in the recovery department-which I knew fully well they couldn't bring him in, but the alternative, was changing my status, which they were able to do! And they scan your bracelet every time you move, just like a box on the line.
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That is quite the process but makes it easier for the family members to know what is going on and they keep track of where you are at, at all times. When I had my surgery they brought my fiance into the recovery room for a minute. I barely remember him being there but they said it was a comfort for me to know he was there as soon as I woke up if only for a few minutes.
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They do that here too. Always nice to be on one's toes when a friend or family member is having a procedure. I enjoy the coffee and pastries provided while waiting as I keep an eye on the pager they give me and the monitor.
You're hospitals sound like they offer more then ours do. We get a card with a number on that you check the patient's status, there are no pagers, no coffee and pastries unless you go to the cafeteria and buy them. With the timing of my procedure, my husband had to slip to the cafeteria for his lunch.
Last time I was I. The hospital for some outpatient treatment (last December) I felt that it was so impersonal...I could not even let them know I was there until I went to the machine (that wasn't working properly) get a number (like at a meat counter) there was no one else in line....the instant the number was in my hand...they called #?. I wasn't impressed.
The hospital in the town near where we used to live used that same system. It wasn't very effective in maintaining confidentiality. London has it nailed down, they show you a paper with your signature on it and they ask if that is your signature, name and DOB. You do not repeat it, nor do they. I appreciated that.
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That is quite a concept but I think it's less stressful for a family member when they can track the patients progress. I had to laugh though when you said you felt like a package. Now we all know how our packages feel through the shipping process