So, you’re in an Ohio hospital room, surrounded by loud and clunky machines, alarms going off, employees constantly shuffling in and out as work shifts change, patients coughing and groaning, food carts chugging up and down hallways and other stress-inducing elements.
You’re likely thinking about purposeful ways to get the best possible care and to reduce the potential for any medical error being visited upon you in such a cacophonous environment. What strategy might you employ to optimally effect that result?
Try scattering family pictures around the room. Instruct everyone entering your room to call you by your personal name or a nickname that others commonly call you that readily establishes your identity as a person. Tell hospital staff members about that time you went gold mining or skated at the Olympics or ran for president or ….