Instead, bring a basket (or bag) filled with hand / body wipes, hand sanitizer, pens and a notebook.
Additional items might be individually wrapped treats, like lollipops or a box of chocolate or cookies for the staff. Leave in the patient’s room and be sure the staff (nurses, nurse assistants, etc) know that it’s there. They will be sure to visit more often.
Bring our Patient Safety Tips Quick Guide to help as an advocate. To receive a copy of your Quick Guide brochure, send a self addressed stamped envelope to Pulse CPSEA PO Box 353 Wantagh, NY 11793-0353.
For an extensive list of what you can bring as a support person, visit the Patient Assistant list of information.
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