Healthcare organizations and providers have access to a new video from The Joint Commission, Speak Up: When You’re Having Surgery, to share with their patients. The animated video is presented in simple language.
The video features a father who is scheduled for knee surgery and his son who acts as an advocate. The video provides the following advice for patients:
- Talk to your doctor or surgeon about your surgery. Ask about the surgeon’s experience, possible complications, and alternative treatments.
- Ask someone to be with you to make sure you are getting the care you need and help you feel comfortable.
- The staff will ask you many questions. You will be asked to repeat your name and date of birth, and the site of your surgery might be marked.
- After surgery you will be given instructions for follow-up care, visits, and prescriptions. If you have any questions, be sure to ask for clarification. (To access the video in English or Spanish, go to http://bit.ly/1Bl6edt.)