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GOING TO THE
HOSPITAL?
NO FEAR HERE!

The Tools to
REASON

Peters suggests that when we don't
understand or can't contextualize the
odds of something bad happening,
we turn to experts. Put simply: Ask
someone who does understand it.
Armed with information, you'll be
able to force yourself to embrace reason, even in a moment of emotional
panic. Gorrindo suggests these steps:
* Slow your breathing. It will send
a physical signal of calm.
* Practice mindfulness. Try to
become aware that you're thinking
about risk based on your feelings.
* Evaluate the evidence. That's
where you recall what you know
about air travel, for example. Planes
rarely crash. The odds are very low

that there will be a problem.
Most flights have no issues.
You probably are safe.
"Externalize it: What advice
would you give to a friend? We
have a lot of different advice we'd
give to others. Can you take your
own advice?" Gorrindo asks.
Truthfully, an important component to overriding emotion-driven
decision making is practice.
The more you force yourself to
become a logic-driven decision
maker, the less often you'll be driven
by fear. Got Zika? Not likely. Avian
flu? Doubt it. A faulty plane? You're
pretty safe, you'll think with a shrug.
There's so much you could be afraid
of. But with practice, your reason can
be stronger than your fear. ■

Patients preparing for surgery or a
procedure often feel anxiety about
their upcoming hospitalization.
"Patients need to process a
lot of information from a variety
of sources. That can add to their
nervousness," Jean Gardner, director of Educational Services at
Community Hospital, says. "They
find themselves faced with medical terms and references to complex procedures that can quickly
become overwhelming. We put
a high priority on education for
both staff and patients to ensure
patients feel more at ease and
are confident in our care."
Community Hospital,
St. Catherine Hospital and
St. Mary Medical Center often
allow patients to participate in
pre-operative classes and tours.
"By the time their surgery date
arrives, our patients know there
is a team of professionals who will
help them get through it successfully," says Jennifer Ginder, RN,
Orthopedic/Spine Care coordinator, Community Hospital. "We do
our best to help them understand
what to expect so that they feel
more comfortable."

WEBSITE

Quality Care
The hospitals of
Community Healthcare
System have received
national recognition. To learn
more, visit www.comhs.org/
about-us/quality.

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