Dr. Georgiou shares how a loved one can be a good patient advocate for their friend or family member who is sent to the emergency room.
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Advocating for a loved one in the emergency room is a little bit different than advocating in an elective surgery or an in-hospital situation. But it doesn’t mean that you have to give up on being an advocate just because it’s an emergency. You still have time to ask questions and probably the most important thing that you can do is make sure that you have the most qualified doctor on staff that is taking care of you. So what does qualified mean? Are they board-certified in the specialty that is important for dealing with this problem? And what do the doctors and nurses in the emergency room think about the specialist that’s been called in to care for your loved one? You can always have a sidebar conversation about who the best of the best is. And make sure that when you're advocating even in an emergency that you get the best doctor based on the doctors and nurses in the emergency room opinion to come in to deal with your loved one.