Don't try to navigate the healthcare system alone. Have a trusted partner, friend, relative or professional service provider accompany you for support and advocacy!
Check with insurance & healthcare providers, hospitals & outpatient facilities to find out the Who, What, When, Where, Why & How (W5H1)
If you are not clear about any aspect of the process, ASK and continue asking until you've been given an answer
Don't be rude--be empowered and understand your role and responsibilities in the process
Rely on your advocate (buddy or buddies) to ask on your behalf if you cannot!
Buddies, it is YOUR job to look out for your patient--little things mean a LOT!
10 Items to Pack in Your Hospital Bag (U.S. News & World Report)
When Your Child Has Surgery (Nemours Foundation--Kidshealth.org)
Prepare for your child's surgery by learning about different procedures, anesthesia, and more
American Society of Anesthesiologists: Made for This Moment
The American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA) patient website designed to educate about anesthesia, surgery considerations, pain management, and the medical experts committed to patient safety and high-quality care during surgery, procedures, and other treatments
The Night Before Your Surgery (MedlinePlus encyclopedia article)
Preventing Infections When Visiting Someone in the Hospital (MedlinePlus encyclopedia article)
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