How to Locate Someone at a Hospital

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Locating someone at a hospital can be confusing, but giving a name to the hospital receptionist or finding a nurse's station on the right floor can help with the search. Start on the appropriate floor, whether it be surgery, maternity or emergency, with information from a board-licensed practical nurse in this free video on health care.

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Looking for a person in the hospital can be a bit tricky. So if you have a loved one or friend that's in the hospital and you want to find a quicker way to find them, I'm going to try to help you through that. I'm Dan Carlson, I'm a nurse and this is, "How to locate someone in a hospital". First things first, you're going to want to look in the area of what they went to the hospital for. If they went for a surgery, then more likely they're going to be on the surgical floor. If they went in an emergency, they're going to be in an emergency room. Medical reasons like coughs, you know, stuff like that, it's going to be on the medical floor. If the, if it's a pregnant woman, on the OB Maternity floor. But what you need to know is what you're looking for first; but if you don't know, it's really easy just to go up to the receptionist, tell them the name, tell them the problem and they can probably locate your person right away for you. Once you get up on the floor that they're on, look for a nurse's station. They can guide you to a specific room or whatever you, wherever the patient maybe. A lot of times you'll find a charge nurse or any staff nurse can help you in locating a patient. They're all aware of what's going on around and it's easy just to go up and ask somebody that works there. But, talk to a receptionist, know what you're looking for, why they're there and then ask local staff members who are there. You will be easily directed to your patients in no time. I'm Dan Carlson. Thank you.

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