Sure, you cannot schedule when you are to get sick or need to go to the emergency room, but if you have the option to set the time and day when you can go under the knife, think twice and asked to be scheduled on time other than during these periods:
1. Afternoon surgeries.
Often, team fatigue and shift changes can spell problems for afternoon surgeries, so if you can request for an earlier schedule, better have it changed right away.
2. Surgeries during weekends or late in the week.
A report indicates that patients who undergo surgery on the weekend or late in the week are put at risk of dying than those opt for an earlier in the week operations.
3. Lunch time.
Lunch time may also not be an excellent time for surgeries as staff at hospitals usually take their break and are out until about 2:30 PM.
The probability of having serious even deadly problems is during the holidays and right afterward. Since doctors are also looking forward to some time off, you may end up with a different practitioner that you initially signed up for. Moreover, hospital problems are likewise more likely to occur during the holidays as the staff may be overstretched when many have opted to have their vacation leave and admission rates are higher. Right after the holiday, doctors who need to catch up for the days they were on leave during the holiday may be overloaded, on the other hand.
Most of the graduating medical students start working as resident doctors during this time of the year, hence may not be a wise time to have your surgery scheduled where an inexperienced student will be overseeing everything.
Are you then to plan when you need to get sick? The best thing to do is to check on the nurse-patient ratio for the time you are thinking of scheduling your surgery. You should also make sure that the surgeon of your choice will be there to handle the procedure and nobody else.
Finally, you have to make arrangements and make sure that you will be assigned to a room in the right unit after your surgery.
If you are to go under the knife, which do you think would be the best time to have that?
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