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Excerpt from the
Handbook on the Late Effects of Poliomyelitis for Physicians and Survivors©


Being in the hospital can be a frightening experience for anyone. For polio survivors, planning in advance for hospitalizations and unforeseen emergencies is especially important.

A person who has lived with a significant disability for a long time is frequently the most qualified in managing his/her own needs for functioning and general day-to-day care. Hospital personnel should respect this expertise and be flexible and creative in adapting their medical procedures and skills to accommodate these needs. For example, survivors may present a list of medications to avoid or request use of their home mechanical ventilation equipment.

Maximizing an individual's safety and comfort during a hospital stay is essential. To be prepared, discuss hospital arrangements with a primary care physician and/or a treating specialist prior to admittance and preferably when the polio survivor is well. Issues to consider include:


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