If you have been referred to a hospital for surgery or a test, your medical condition requires more intensive treatment, and you need to stay overnight, you are being treated as an inpatient. If your physician can’t fix your health issue in a quick visit, they may recommend moving you to Sugar Land inpatient beds. Thinking about an upcoming hospital stay can make you feel a little worried. But knowing what to expect before you get there can make things easier.

What happens when I get to the hospital?

The admission process is the first step for anyone that needs to stay in the hospital. The admissions staff will take some information about you and enter data into a computer or fill in paperwork. Once you are done with the admission, you will be taken to your room in the inpatient area. Many hospitals have floors or areas specifically for hospitalized children and teens with staff that have special training in working with them. If your child requires a hospital stay, they will most likely be taken to a pediatric unit or hospital.

What is a hospital room like?

A hospital room is much like any bedroom; you will have the typical furniture like a chair, bed, and bedside table. Your room will have a window and probably a phone and TV. Most hospital rooms also have bathrooms within the room, so patients don’t have to worry about moving around.

Private rooms are sometimes available, but if not, you may have to share a room with another patient. If you share a room, the other patient will probably be someone close to your age. Some hospitals allow a parent to sleep in their kid’s rooms. If you would like to keep your child company overnight, check with the hospital staff in advance to make an arrangement.

Who will I see during my hospital stay?

In most cases, besides the doctor, you are used to. You will have other healthcare providers taking care of you in the hospital. Other healthcare professionals, including nurses, nurse’s aides, and therapists, may also participate in your care. In some hospitals, doctor work with medical students and resident doctors. You are also likely to meet hospital volunteers.

What tests might I have?

The tests your doctor orders depend on the medical condition you have or that needs diagnosis. For example, you may need to provide your urine sample so that it is checked for bacteria, protein, sugar, and other things you probably never gave much thought to before. A lab technician may also draw your blood to test for any problems. Different samples may be taken depending on the reason for your stay in the hospital.

If your doctor needs to examine an internal organ, they may order an imaging test. An X-ray is the most common imaging test, which uses small amounts of radiation to penetrate the body and form an image of organs and bones in film. Other imaging tests include CT scans, MRIs, and ultrasounds.

If you need help and advice about inpatient treatment, consult your doctor at St. Michael Elite Hospital.