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About your health care bills  
Abstract: This handout explains the types of bills a patient may receive for medical care provided at the Regional Heart Center. It includes contact information for patients who have billing questions or who need to change their insurance information.
Author: Regional Heart Center
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2009
Revised Date: 7/2016
Advanced heart failure (HF) CareMap  
Abstract: This handout, called a CareMap, shows what a patient may expect during their hospital stay when admitted to University of Washington Medical Center with advanced heart failure. It lists goals, caregiver visits, patient teaching, care plans, and dietary restrictions for 4 days. (Cards B, HF)
Author: Regional Heart Center
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2013
Revised Date: 6/2014
Austin's journey: A NICU alumni story  
Abstract: This handout is a parent's story about their preterm infant's time in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at University of Washington Medical Center. Please be aware that these alumni stories may bring up deep emotions for you as you read them. Remember that each baby is unique, and each story only reflects that one family’s journey.
Author: Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU)
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2015
Revised Date: 6/2015
Axillary node dissection CareMap  
Abstract: This handout, called a CareMap, shows what a patient may expect when scheduled for axillary node dissection surgery at University of Washington Medical Center. It covers how to get ready for the surgery, what to expect on the day of surgery and during the hospital stay, and self-care for 3 weeks after discharge.
Author: Surgical Specialties Center/Surgical Services
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2016
Revised Date: 5/2016
Balancing act: Time in the NICU and time at home  
Abstract: This handout for parents of a baby in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) gives tips for how to balance the needs of the new baby with the responsibilities at home.
Author: Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU)
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2015
Revised Date: 2/2015
Breastfeeding resources: Breastfeeding Your Hospitalized Baby  
Abstract: This handout is part of the manual "Breastfeeding Your Hospitalized Baby." It lists websites and phone numbers for organizations that can support a mother as she breastfeeds her new baby.
Author: Lactation Services/Maternity and Infant Center
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2003
Revised Date: 11/2015
Breastfeeding your hospitalized baby: A manual for new mothers  
Abstract: This document contains all sections of the manual "Breastfeeding Your Preterm Baby." Included are chapters on expressing milk, nursing, low milk production, preparing for discharge and going home, and breastfeeding resources. A breast-pumping record is also included for the mother to track how much milk they are pumping and when.
Author: Lactation Services/Maternity and Infant Center
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2009
Revised Date: 11/2015
Catheter-associated urinary tract infections  
Abstract: This handout explains what catheter-associated urinary tract infections are, how they are treated, and care that will help prevent them.
Author: Patient Care Services
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2011
Revised Date: 3/2011
You can breastfeed your preterm baby  
Abstract: This handout is part of the manual "Breastfeeding Your Hospitalized Baby." It explains why breast milk is important for a baby's health, and gives basic information about what steps will be taken to help the mother supply milk to her baby while in the hospital.
Author: Lactation Services/Maternity and Infant Center
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2009
Revised Date: 11/2015
Delirium during a hospital stay: A guide for family and friends  
Abstract: This handout explains delirium, its symptoms, causes, and treatments, and what family and friends can do to help their loved one while in the intensive care unit (ICU).
Author: 5SE (ICU/Critical Care Unit)
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2014
Revised Date: 9/2014
Discharge checklist: Getting ready to take your baby home  
Abstract: This tool helps parents of preterm infants keep track of everything they need to do before they can take their baby home from the hospital. It covers topics such as safe feeding, finding a primary care provider, immunizations, safe travel, and more. It includes plenty of space for parents to write in their own baby's specific needs.
Author: Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU)
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2015
Revised Date: 8/2015
Emotions after discharge: When you bring your baby home  
Abstract: This handout is for parents of a baby who has been in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU). It explains the unexpected feelings that may arise when the baby is finally able to come home, and talks about anxiety, bonding and attachment, chronic sorrow, and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
Author: Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU)
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2015
Revised Date: 8/2015
Expressing breast milk for your preterm baby  
Abstract: This handout is part of the manual "Breastfeeding Your Hospitalized Baby." It covers how to create and maintain a milk supply, using a breast pump, hand expression, kangaroo care, milk let-down, keeping breast milk safe for the baby, milk fortifiers, and answers to questions about colostrum, foremilk, and hindmilk.
Author: Lactation Services/Maternity and Infant Center
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2009
Revised Date: 11/2015
Visitor behavior guidelines: Ensuring a safe environment at University of Washington Medical Center  
Abstract: This handout has information for UWMC staff to give to any visitor who acts in ways that are not in keeping with the medical center's Workplace Violence Policy. UWMC staff have a right to provide patient care in a safe environment. It is also UWMC's responsibility to ensure a safe setting for our patients and their visitors.
Author: Patient Care Services
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2010
Revised Date: 3/2016
Frankie's journey: A NICU alumni story  
Abstract: This handout is a parent's story about their preterm infant's time in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at University of Washington Medical Center. Please be aware that these alumni stories may bring up deep emotions for you as you read them. Remember that each baby is unique, and each story only reflects that one family’s journey.
Author: Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU)
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2015
Revised Date: 6/2015
Getting updates and information: When your loved one is in intensive care (booklet)  
Abstract: This booklet contains the same content as the full-page version by the same title. It explains some ways that staff in UWMC's Intensive Care Unit will give you information about your loved one's care and condition. It also includes ways you can give us information.
Author: 5E (ICU/Critical Care Unit)
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2011
Revised Date: 6/2011
Getting updates and information: When your loved one is in intensive care (full-page)  
Abstract: This full-page handout explains some ways that staff in UWMC's Intensive Care Unit will give you information about your loved one's care and condition. It also includes ways you can give us information.
Author: 5E (ICU/Critical Care Unit)
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2011
Revised Date: 6/2011
Head shape and positioning: When your baby is premature  
Abstract: This handout explains why and how a premature baby's skull may flatten or form in an odd shape. It describes the different kinds of flattening that can occur and how to position the baby to help avoid head shape problems.
Author: Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU)
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2015
Revised Date: 7/2015
Heart surgery pain CareMap: Sources and solutions  
Abstract: This handout, called a CareMap, shows the sources and causes of pain a patient may expect during their hospital stay after having heart surgery. It includes solutions that may be used to control pain, and lists functional goals after surgery and at home.
Author: 5NE
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2016
Revised Date: 6/2016
Heart transplant CareMap  
Abstract: This handout, called a CareMap, shows what a heart transplant may expect before, during, and after their hospital stay for transplant surgery.
Author: Transplant Services/4E-4SE/5E
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2014
Revised Date: 2/2015
Help us help you prevent infections  
Abstract: This brochure, written by the Washington State Hospital Association, encourages patients and visitors to ask their health care workers "Did you wash or sanitize your hands?" It explains infection control policies in the hospital, the importance of stopping germs from spreading, and that visitors and family members may be asked to wear a gown, mask, and gloves.
Author: Washington State Hospital Association
Publisher/Date: Washington State Hospital Association, 2009
Revised Date: 7/2009
Helping your baby calm: What you can do  
Abstract: This handout explains the importance of helping a preterm baby calm, and ways to do this. Suggestions include carefully timing interactions, watching for the baby's stress cues, using "positive touch," and lessening stressors in the environment.
Author: Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU)
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2015
Revised Date: 4/2015
Helping your baby grow and develop: In the NICU  
Abstract: This handout explains how the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) creates womb-like conditions to help a preterm baby grow and develop. It includes sections on temperature, positioning, pressure and containment, vision and hearing, swallowing and digestion, and bonding with mom.
Author: Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU)
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2015
Revised Date: 6/2015
If your baby is born early  
Abstract: This handout answers common questions parents have when the mother is in the hospital with preterm labor, or their baby is born early. Included are reasons to continue the pregnancy to full term when possible, where preterm babies are cared for, what kinds of problems are common, how long a preterm baby might be in the hospital, and where the parents can stay during that time.
Author: Maternity and Infant Center (MIC)
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2010
Revised Date: 1/2010
Information channel at University of Washington Medical Center   Japanese
Abstract: This document is the slideshow on the Information Channel (channel 2) in patient rooms at University of Washington Medical Center. The show explains many aspects of care at the medical center, describes the facilities, and provides resources for more information.
Author: Patient and Family Education Services
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2004
Revised Date: 2/2014
Inpatient language cards   Japanese
Abstract: These tools list key English terms and phrases used in the inpatient care setting, alongside a translation into non-English languages commonly used at UWMC. These terms and phrases assist with daily living, appointment information, and comfort items. A pain scale is included.
Author: Patient and Family Education Services
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2004
Revised Date: 1/2008
Intravenous patient controlled analgesia (IV PCA)  
Abstract: This handout for patients at Harborview Medical Center explains how to use intravenous patient controlled analgesia (IV PCA) during the hospital stay. PCA is a system that allows patients to give themselves a dose of pain medicine instead of needing to call a nurse.
Author: Harborview Medical Center
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2015
Revised Date: 10/2015
Keeping you safe: Our plan to prevent falls  
Abstract: This booklet explains how staff helps prevent falls at UWMC, by a daily evaluation for risk of falling and by taking measures to help the patient who needs to get out of bed. The patient is encouraged to use their call light when needing to use the bathroom.
Author: Patient Care Services
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2009
Revised Date: 5/2013
Kylie's journey: A NICU alumni story  
Abstract: This handout is a parent's story about their preterm infant's time in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at University of Washington Medical Center. Please be aware that these alumni stories may bring up deep emotions for you as you read them. Remember that each baby is unique, and each story only reflects that one family’s journey.
Author: Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU)
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2015
Revised Date: 6/2015
Layne's journey: A NICU alumni story  
Abstract: This handout is a parent's story about their preterm infant's time in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at University of Washington Medical Center. Please be aware that these alumni stories may bring up deep emotions for you as you read them. Remember that each baby is unique, and each story only reflects that one family’s journey.
Author: Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU)
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2015
Revised Date: 6/2015
Lifting you safely: Using equipment to lift or reposition you  
Abstract: This handout describes the different types of equipment staff use to help lift or reposition a patient. It includes answers to common questions, such as: How does it work? Is it scary? Is it safe?
Author: Patient Care Services
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2009
Revised Date: 9/2015
Low milk production: Causes, treatment, and prevention  
Abstract: This handout is part of the manual "Breastfeeding Your Hospitalized Baby." It gives common causes for low milk production: hormonal or other physical conditions of the mother, medicines or drugs, and infant conditions. A variety of tips to help milk production are included, such as expressing milk 8 or more times a day, kangaroo care, breast massage, acupuncture, fenugreek, and other special foods.
Author: Lactation Services/Maternity and Infant Center
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2009
Revised Date: 11/2015
Lucy's journey: A NICU alumni story  
Abstract: This handout is a parent's story about their preterm infant's time in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at University of Washington Medical Center. Please be aware that these alumni stories may bring up deep emotions for you as you read them. Remember that each baby is unique, and each story only reflects that one family’s journey.
Author: Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU)
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2015
Revised Date: 6/2015
Mastectomy CareMap  
Abstract: This handout, called a CareMap, shows what a patient may expect when scheduled for mastectomy surgery at University of Washington Medical Center. It covers how to get ready for the surgery, what to expect on the day of surgery and during the hospital stay, and self-care for 3 weeks after discharge.
Author: Surgical Specialties Center/Surgical Services
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2016
Revised Date: 5/2016
Mastectomy with axillary node dissection CareMap  
Abstract: This handout, called a CareMap, shows what a patient may expect when scheduled for mastectomy surgery with axillary node dissection at University of Washington Medical Center. It covers how to get ready for the surgery, what to expect on the day of surgery and during the hospital stay, and self-care for 3 weeks after discharge.
Author: Surgical Specialties Center/Surgical Services
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2016
Revised Date: 5/2016
Mastectomy with tissue expander CareMap  
Abstract: This handout, called a CareMap, shows what a patient may expect when scheduled for mastectomy surgery with tissue expander at University of Washington Medical Center. It covers how to get ready for the surgery, what to expect on the day of surgery and during the hospital stay, and self-care for 4 weeks after discharge.
Author: Surgical Specialties Center/Surgical Services
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2015
Revised Date: 5/2016
Medicine instructions: For patients being discharged  
Abstract: This handout includes a table to be completed by the nurse or pharmacist to instruct patients being discharged on what medicines they are taking, how much to take, how often to take it, and the time of their last dose before leaving the hospital. Includes answers to common questions about opioid pain medicines, side effects, refills, fears of becoming addicted, and how pain medicines help the healing process.
Author: Pharmacy Services
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2009
Revised Date: 7/2009
Memories to record: Special events you may want to remember  
Abstract: This handout suggests special events and milestones parents may want to record from their baby's stay in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit.
Author: Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU)
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2015
Revised Date: 8/2015
Money matters: Managing your health care bills from University of Washington Medical Center (UWMC)   Japanese
Abstract: This manual provides information and tips from patients and families on how to understand, organize, and manage bills for health care services. Sections include common questions, tips for working with customer service, where to find help, and terms used in health care billing.
Author: Patient Care Services
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2009
Revised Date: 5/2009
Moving to "the floor": Building on your healing  
Abstract: This handout explains what to expect when a patient is stable enough to leave the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) and move to "the floor." This move to another unit in the hospital means the patient needs less monitoring and will be able to have more mobility.
Author: Intensive Care Unit (ICU)/5E, 5SE
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2010
Revised Date: 3/2010
MRSA in health care settings: Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus  
Abstract: This colorful poster answers questions about MRSA: what it is, how it is spread, its symptoms, who is most likely to get it, and how UWMC patients and visitors are protected. Also included is information encouraging patients to ask all health care workers and visitors if they have washed their hands.
Author: 4SE (Transplant, Renal, Vascular Surg, Kidney Dialysis)
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2009
Revised Date: 2/2009
Nursing your preterm baby  
Abstract: This handout is part of the manual "Breastfeeding Your Hospitalized Baby." It covers how to know when the baby is ready to breastfeed, positions such as the football hold and the cross-cradle hold, how to help the baby latch, nipple shields, and test weights.
Author: Lactation Services/Maternity and Infant Center
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2009
Revised Date: 11/2015
Otolaryngology/head and neck surgery CareMap  
Abstract: This handout, called a CareMap, shows what a patient may expect during their hospital stay after having head and neck surgery at University of Washington Medical Center. It covers the day of surgery through day 7, when most patients are discharged and may leave the hospital.
Author: Otolaryngology/Head and Neck Surgery Center
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2013
Revised Date: 9/2013
Otolaryngology/head and neck surgery CareMap: For patients with a tracheostomy tube  
Abstract: This handout, called a CareMap, shows what a patient may expect during their hospital stay after having head and neck surgery at University of Washington Medical Center. This CareMap gives specific information for patients who have a tracheostomy tube. It covers the day of surgery through day 7, when most patients are discharged and may leave the hospital.
Author: Otolaryngology/Head and Neck Surgery Center
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2013
Revised Date: 9/2013
Our fall prevention plan: Keeping you safe on 6-Southeast  
Abstract: This handout explains the plan to prevent falls on the 6-Southeast unit at UWMC.
Author: Orthopedics/6SE
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2008
Revised Date: 8/2008
Pain management (full-page): A guide for patients  
Abstract: This handout contains the same information as the booklet by the same title, but in a full-page format for ease in printing. Information is provided about controlling pain and communicating with health care providers to find methods that work. It includes the "Tell Us About Your Pain" pain scales and facts about opioid pain medicines. Translations in Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Russian, Somali, Spanish, Tagalog, and Vietnamese are available in the booklet format.
Author: Patient Care Services
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2011
Revised Date: 11/2011
Parenting in the NICU: for parents of NICU infants  
Abstract: This handout explains how parenting looks in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. It describes "kangaroo care," lists items parents may want to bring to the NICU from home, and briefly describes NICU classes and support groups.
Author: Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU)
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2015
Revised Date: 2/2016
Patient family housing: parking and transportation  
Abstract: Provides information on parking and transportation including: transportation overview, parking at UWMC, airport shuttle services, taxi services, car rental, and metro (bus). Contact Social Work and Care Coordination or visit the Health Information Resource Center on the 3rd floor for an updated copy of this handout.
Author: Cancer Center/Infusion Services 8SE
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 1998
Revised Date: 1/2007
Partners in care: You and your healthcare team  
Abstract: This handout explains how patients can partner with their healthcare team to make their best choices about their health. Sections cover talking with healthcare providers, what friends and family can do to help, how to prevent the spread of infection, what to know about medicines, why medical records are needed, how to report concerns, and questions to ask about diagnosis, treatments, and procedures. Also included are important phone numbers for University of Washington Medical Center (UWMC) and Seattle Cancer Care Alliance (SCCA).
Author: Patient and Family Education Services
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2011
Revised Date: 5/2016
Patient and family guide: Units 7-Northeast, 7-Southeast, and 8-Northeast  
Abstract: This guide describes the services and facilities that University of Washington Medical Center and Seattle Cancer Care Alliance patients and families may use while at UWMC. Topics such as "Your Health Care Team," "About the Cancer Care Units" and "Patient, Family and Visitor Facilities" are covered.
Author: 7SE (Gyn-Oncology, Heme Oncology, Radiation Oncology)
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2005
Revised Date: 2/2009
Patient behavior guidelines: Ensuring a safe environment at University of Washington Medical Center  
Abstract: This handout has information for UWMC staff to give to any patient who acts in ways that are not in keeping with the medical center's Workplace Violence Policy. UWMC staff have a right to provide patient care in a safe environment. It is also UWMC's responsibility to ensure a safe setting for our patients and their visitors.
Author: Patient Care Services
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2010
Revised Date: 3/2016
Picking up a patient at UWMC: Directions from the Triangle Garage  
Abstract: This 1-page flyer gives directions for driving from the Triangle Garage to the front entrance of UWMC when picking up a patient who is being discharged. A map with arrows showing the route is included.
Author: Patient Care Services
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2010
Revised Date: 1/2010
Planning for your hospital stay: Thinking it through  
Abstract: This brochure covers the basics of planning a hospital stay, including what to bring and how to best prepare for discharge. A place is provided to write down questions and comments. Key phone numbers are listed.
Author: Patient Care Services
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2003
Revised Date: 9/2004
Preparing for discharge and going home: Leaving the NICU  
Abstract: This handout is part of the manual "Breastfeeding Your Hospitalized Baby." It explains what will happen at discharge, test weights, renting a pump, and what to expect at home.
Author: Lactation Services/Maternity and Infant Center
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2009
Revised Date: 11/2015
Preventing blood clots: While you are in the hospital  
Abstract: This handout explains what your healthcare providers at University of Washington Medical Center will do to keep you from getting a blood clot while you are in the hospital. It describes deep vein thrombosis (DVT) and explains blood-thinning medicines (anticoagulants), sequential compression devices (SCDs), and the importance of walking and exercise.
Author: Patient Care Services
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2015
Revised Date: 7/2015
Preventing pressure ulcers (bedsores) in the ICU: Protecting your loved one  
Abstract: This handout explains what the healthcare providers in the Intensive Care Unit at University of Washington Medical Center will do to keep patients in their unit from getting pressure injuries, also called pressure ulcers or bedsores.
Author: Intensive Care Unit (ICU)/5E, 5SE
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2013
Revised Date: 2/2017
Preventing pressure injuries: What you and your family can do  
Abstract: This handout offers tips to help prevent pressure injuries, also called "bed sores" or pressure ulcers, from forming while in the hospital and at home. This condition of the skin occurs when muscles and the soft tissues of the body are squeezed against an outside surface, such as a chair or bed.
Author: Patient Care Services
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2008
Revised Date: 2/2017
Protecting yourself from airborne infections: Wearing an N-95 respirator mask  
Abstract: This handout tells patients and visitors when they may need to wear an N-95 respirator/mask to protect their health. Step-by-step instructions are included for putting a mask on and taking it off, including how to dispose of the mask properly.
Author: Healthcare Epidemiology and Infection Control
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2009
Revised Date: 1/2009
Radiation to the breast: What to expect before, during, and after treatment  
Abstract: This handout describes radiation treatment for breast cancer. It includes what to expect and how to handle side effects, physical changes, and emotional responses.
Author: Cancer Center
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2003
Revised Date: 12/2016
Recovery in the hospital  
Abstract: This handout for kidney/pancreas transplant patients outlines the main issues related to recovery in the hospital after transplantation. Issues covered include visits by the transplant team, interpreters, pain management, physical activity, and suggestions for personal items to bring from home. TThis document is also a chapter in "Your Kidney/Pancreas Transplant Guide," which is available from Materials Management #171915.
Author: Transplant Services/4E-4SE/5E
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2003
Revised Date: 12/2016
Renting a hospital-grade breast pump: Tips for new mothers  
Abstract: This handout gives helpful information for new parents who need to rent a hospital-grade breast pump.
Author: Lactation Services/Maternity and Infant Center
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2016
Revised Date: 1/2016
Safe feeding: In the NICU and at home  
Abstract: This handout explains the feeding "building blocks" used in the NICU. It describes the different stages in feeding progression and tells when and how your baby will start oral feedings by breast or bottle.
Author: Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU)
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2015
Revised Date: 7/2015
Services for patients and families: At University of Washington Medical Center  
Abstract: This booklet describes many of the resources offered by University of Washington Medical Center (UWMC). It identifies many services and facilities that patients and families may use while at the medical center. It also lists and defines some common terms used in the hospital setting.
Author: Patient and Family Education Services
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2007
Revised Date: 1/2016
Stages of behavior: What to expect with your premature baby  
Abstract: This handout for parents of premature babies explains the basic behavior stages they can expect to see. It includes short descriptions if a baby is born before 32 weeks, between 32 and 35 weeks, and after 35 weeks gestation.
Author: Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU)
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2015
Revised Date: 3/2015
Taking care of yourself: Caregiver, spokesperson, advocate: Helping understand the ICU, section 6  
Abstract: This document is section 6 of the manual Helping You Understand the ICU. It explains why self-care is important for the caregiver, spokesperson, and advocate for someone in the ICU. Tips and ideas for self-care are included.
Author: Intensive Care Unit (ICU)/5E, 5SE
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2009
Revised Date: 4/2009
Timothy and Tessie's journey: A NICU alumni story  
Abstract: This handout is a parent's story about their preterm infant's time in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at University of Washington Medical Center. Please be aware that these alumni stories may bring up deep emotions for you as you read them. Remember that each baby is unique, and each story only reflects that one family’s journey.
Author: Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU)
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2015
Revised Date: 7/2015
Using your insulin pump: During your hospital stay  
Abstract: This handout explains how a patient with diabetes might use their own insulin pump during a stay in the hospital, and lists guidelines to follow. It also describes the need to work closely with the health care team to make sure the insulin level is adjusted as needed, and reasons why the patient may need to receive insulin by injection or IV while they are in the hospital.
Author: Patient Care Services
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2009
Revised Date: 9/2014
Visiting the 5-SE ICU: Information about the Family Conference Room, Social Work Services  
Abstract: This flyer provides information about the Family Conference Room, Social Work Services and visiting hours policies for the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) at UWMC.
Author: Intensive Care Unit (ICU)/5E, 5SE
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2000
Revised Date: 6/2000
Visiting the Intensive Care Units  
Abstract: This booklet gives guidelines for visitors to follow when visiting the Intensive Care Units (ICUs) at University of Washington Medical Center. Included are sections on visiting times, rounds, children as visitors, staying overnight, choosing a family spokesperson, family conferences, and more.
Author: Intensive Care Unit (ICU)/5E, 5SE
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2011
Revised Date: 2/2015
Voice mail in your room  
Abstract: This flyer describes the voice mail feature on telephones in patient rooms at UWMC. Instructions are included for listening to and deleting messages.
Author: Patient and Family Education Services
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2007
Revised Date: 6/2016
What is an epidural? About pain relief during labor and delivery  
Abstract: This handout answers questions about what an epidural is, when and how it is used during labor and birth, and what risks are involved. It includes a photo of a patient using PCEA (patient-controlled epidural anesthesia) and one of an epidural catheter taped in place. A short glossary of medical terms the patient is likely to hear is also included.
Author: Maternal and Infant Care Clinic (MICC)
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2009
Revised Date: 10/2009
When your doctor prescribes an antibiotic: What you should know  
Abstract: This handout explains what antibiotics are, why they are used, and possible side effects.
Author: Patient Care Services
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2017
Revised Date: 5/2017
Wireless (Wi-Fi) connection for patients and visitors: At UW Medicine facilities  
Abstract: This brochure explains the free wireless (Wi-Fi) access provided to patients and visitors at University of Washington Medical Center and Harborview Medical Center. Instructions are included for finding the Patients and Visitors network for accessing the Internet.
Author: Patient Care Services
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2010
Revised Date: 11/2010
Wyatt's journey: A NICU alumni story  
Abstract: This handout is a parent's story about their preterm infant's time in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at University of Washington Medical Center. Please be aware that these alumni stories may bring up deep emotions for you as you read them. Remember that each baby is unique, and each story only reflects that one family’s journey.
Author: Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU)
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2015
Revised Date: 8/2015
You can help prevent falls: For patients and families of 6-Southeast  
Abstract: This handout is for patients of UWMC's 6-Southeast unit and their families. It explains why hospital patients have a greater risk of falling, and tells how staff work with patients to help keep them safe.
Author: 6SE (Orthopedics, Oral Surg, Ophthalmology)
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2014
Revised Date: 12/2014
Your baby's sleep and wake states: What they mean and what to do  
Abstract: This handout describes the various sleep and wake states: quiet sleep, active sleep, drowsy, quiet alert, active alert, and fussing or crying.
Author: Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU)
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2015
Revised Date: 3/2017
Your hospital stay: For patients receiving treatment for head and neck cancer  
Abstract: This section of the Guide to Your Head and Neck Cancer Treatment explains what will happen in the hospital after surgery, including information about the intensive care unit (ICU) and 4-Northeast, and descriptions of the various care providers, such as the surgeon, nurse practitioner, social worker, speech pathologist, respiratory therapist, dietitian, and physical and occupational therapists. Photos of previous patients are included, showing a tracheo-esophageal puncture (TEP) and an Electrolarynx in use for speech.
Author: Otolaryngology/Head and Neck Surgery Center
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2007
Revised Date: 6/2007

 
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