There are people in this world even with the difficult cost of living, who live alone and do not have friends or family who can be trusted to assist them in getting to and from their procedure or minor surgery. One should not make the decision to marry in the surrounds of misery just to have someone tote them back and forth twice a decade for a routine exam. That makes absolutely no sense whatsoever! Even if people who have several family members huddled together because of difficult financial times thus making the roof crumple, there may not be a family member who is able or willing to take the time to assist a particular family member. People will often say they suddenly have to work!, or use other reasons so that they do not have to help someone in their family. This makes things difficult, because people are now put in the situation of relying on strangers to assist them when it becomes crucial and important. It also becomes a matter of cost to hire someone to assist you when you readily cannot assist yourself. Which puts a strain on an already tight budget. Certain exams can really get your shorts in a bunch!
The medical world needs to not only to take stock of medicine and ultimate cure, but needs to include the entire procedure regarding the well being of the patient also. For instance, some procedures and surgeries may be considered elective as some may be a must and there are many procedures that have alternatives. This means that traditional hand and scapel can be replaced by laser, robotic or other methods to obtain the same result. We ask why? This may be because patients may have more confidence in a robot than a surgeon who is only concerned about reimbursement and how quickly they can get to the golf course afterwards.
It's time that hospitals, physicians offices, outpatient or ambulatory facilities offer alternative approaches to procedures or surgeries if they do not require an overnight stay in the hospital. For instance: "minimal" or "moderate" sedation should be considered as an alternative to patients as opposed to the anesthesia given to patients when they undergo surgery that requires hospitalization. This can be considered for procedures such as a colonoscopy or any minimally invasive exploratory procedure. When the elective approach or alternative is offered to the patient, the patient may feel more comfortable during the procedure because they do not have to rely on anyone to transport them to and from a hospital, doctor's office or facility.
For instance, Ms. Alone lives by herself and generally does not socialize. She is in her 50's and is still able to get around by public transportation. Due to her age, her physician states that it's time for her to have a colonoscopy. After being given instructions about the procedure, Ms. Alone informs the doctor that she is unable to have someone bring her and take her home because she lives by herself. The doctor shakes his head and tells her she should find a husband or friends just for that reason and that she can also hire a nurses aide for a few hours to get her through this. He tells her to stop the complaining and that things could be worse. If money is a problem she can certainly eat a little less a few days before the colonoscopy otherwise she should keep her appointment for the procedure. Ms. Alone is furious about what to do and how insensitive the doctor was towards her. Ms. Alone then contacts the medical facility where she will be having her colonoscopy done to explain her situation. Soon after, Ms. Alone's doctor contacts her and informs her that there is an alternative offered which is called "minimal" or "moderate" sedation. The doctor tells Ms. Alone she would have to sign a waiver stating that she wants this type of sedation so that she can leave on her own without the assistance of anyone. The doctor also informs her that even after the "minimal" or "moderate" sedation procedure, that Ms. Alone must wait in the waiting area of the facility for at least 2 to 3 hours if she is leaving by herself. This so that she is alert and oriented behind the wheel of a car, or walking across the street. This is to protect the patient from harm and of course the physician, hospital, doctor's office or facility from any liability. The doctor informed Ms. Alone that there is a cafe in the facility where she could spend some money to buy coffee or get a little to eat as she waits in the waiting area after her colonoscopy. Ms. Alone agrees to this approach and finally has her colonoscopy procedure and waits in the waiting area of the medical facility once it is finished as she was instructed to by the medical staff. Ms. Alone was given an ID arm bracelet to wear as she was getting prepared for her colonoscopy. The ID bracelet was equipped with a color mark (the color mark is only used when patients elect to leave the hospital, physician's office, medical facility without the assistance of anyone). When you peel off the top portion of the ID bracelet to show the color mark, when exposed to air the color mark on the ID bracelet changes colors. Red= hour 1, Yellow= hour 2 and Green=hour 3, the medical facility was also able to track Ms. Alone's whereabouts from the ID bracelet to make sure she had not left. After, Ms. Alone had eaten alone because she simply didn't want to be bothered with anyone and waited, the bracelet began to turn from red to yellow to green. Seemingly alert, Ms. Alone showed the bracelet to the security guard who scanned it and allowed Ms. Alone to leave on her own.
This saved Ms. Alone money, aggravation(people generally like to be understood and to understand people-language barriers, competence,trust, putting gas in someone elses tank, and what not- this gets pretty expensive!), anxiety and also time because if she had depended on someone else, who knows what time they would have showed up to get her or if they would have even come at all. Well, she liked to be alone anyway!