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Family centered care needs to happen in all age groups. My mother recently had back surgery in a Baltimore hospital and we had to fight to be allowed t stay with her at night. We were told it was unsafe for visitors to stay at night. We felt we were part of her care team. The night I stayed, she was in a lot of pain, kept losing her PCA button and dropped the nurse call light on the floor. The unit was very busy and the nurses were running all night, when we did use the call light, it took quite a while for them to answer. I hate to think how the night would have been if I were not there. On her last night, my father had to insist he was staying and be subjected to the nurse manager telling him how unnecessary it would be for him to stay and that it violated their security policy. Thank goodness he persevered! All 4 days worth of laxatives kicked in and he was busy all night--neither of them slept and you cannot tell me with 18 fresh post ops that day a nurse or assistant could have provided the care my father gave.
We also felt we gave more information to the attending during rounds. Especially since the attending rounded with neither a nurse nor the resident! I have no idea how they communicated but the attending had no idea what changes the resident had already made that morning.
I did send the nurse manager a follow up about family centered care with a webpage link. I haven't heard anything back!

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