Family, friends and other concerned acquaintances

If you are notified that a family member, friend or other loved one has unexpectedly been hospititalized get there as fast as you can. The hospitalized person is likely to be in danger as much from the actions of the Medical Industry as from an illness or accident. Knowing that they are being watched can mitigate the mischief to some degree.

All the advice to the patient in Part I is doubly important here. Assertions made by the patient may be dismissed as being due to altered perception due to 'medications' or the injury or illness. An observer not vulnerable those accusations is a more reliable witness. Multiple witnesses simultaneously is desirable if it can be managed.

During the "Covid pandemic" it was often used as an excuse to allow only one visitor in a room. There should by now be no reason for that. Another red flag.

Refusing to allow phones in patient rooms is obviously a red flag. You may have to resort to carrying an additional phone to surrender or turn off if so directed. If you find the staff is intruding in a suspicious manner (excessive entries by staff or seeing them lurking near the door) you should be concerned.

Many voice recorders are small and inexpensive and are easily concealed. Surreptitious recording may be challenged in court (Arkansas is a one-party state, which means that if you are a party to the conversation it is legal) but you may not necessarily need to use the recording in court - the information itself is valuable. If you have a witness the recording is less crucial to your case but still important. Another reason hospitals like to limit simultaneous access by multiple visitors.

Record your visit in its entirety if possible. Your conversations with your loved one can be as important as those with hospital personnel.

We'll add a more information on recording as we are able. This has unfortunately become necessary in dealing with hospitals and the Medical Industry in general.

If a family member or other loved one is hospitalized, particularly if it is unexpected:

Get there as soon as you possibly can. If possible talk to them as much as possible without hospital personnel present. Assess their condition and record your observations as soon as possible. Put dates and times in your notes. This can be very important in a trial, and your testimony will be attacked more readily (and it will be attacked) if you are relying on memory.

Visis at every opportunity for as long as possible. Knowing that visitations are regular can in some measure deter abuse and neglect. Seeing a patient every day makes it easier to detect changes in condition.

On this and every visit, record the names and job title if available of all personnel, especially doctors and nurses. Find out as soon as possible who the responsible doctor (ofter referred to as the 'attending physician') is. This doctor is the most responsible for overseeing the care of a patient. The name should be on most of the medical records, but get it at once.

Observe the environment - the condition of the room and equipment, cleanliness and order (or lack thereof) as well as the appearance (dress and grooming, name tags visible) of the staff. Note carefully their attitude and how competent they seem to be, insofar as you can judge.

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Last updated: Sat 07 Jan 2023 06:51:46 PM CST : 1673139106