Know Your (Hospital) Rights

Know Before You Go

What patients and families need to know before going to hospital

The procession of events from the onset of flu-like symptoms to COVID diagnosis to hospital ventilator can unfold exceedingly quickly for some people. This can be a confusing and frightening experience and, as with so many things in life, it’s better to be well-prepared ahead of time.

Many of the calls and emails we receive at FLCCC have to do with a loved one being hospitalized for COVID. One of the best things you can do is to put together an at-home COVID kit and familiarize yourself with FLCCC’s early treatment protocol, so if you or anyone in your family gets sick you can treat right away. Early treatment is the best way of stopping the disease from progressing to the stage where hospitalization may be needed.

Oxygen at Home

The FLCCC, through clinical observation and experience, feels that the incidence of the hypoxic pulmonary phase has plummeted. We do not recommend buying oxygen concentrators without a prescription as oxygen, although a gas, is also a medication and is prescribed individually for a patient by a healthcare provider. Each patient receives a dosage appropriate for the patient, their history, and their needs. A person without medical knowledge should not be administering oxygen to themselves or others. Too much oxygen can cause harm and oxygen is best given humidified to protect the mucous membranes of the airway.

Oxygen concentrators are expensive, while portable units are more affordable and readily available on the internet, can be purchased by individuals. This equipment needed for oxygen concentrators also requires knowledge of how the equipment operates and how the equipment should be maintained — especially for long term use. The machine parts can become contaminated and harbor bacteria and viruses if not cleaned and disinfected properly. Appropriate cleaning agents should also be used to maintain the machines since some cleaners can be toxic to the airway.

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If hospitalization seems likely, ask about the hospital’s COVID protocol, admissions, and discharge processes before you or your loved ones agree to be admitted. Is the COVID protocol based on remdesivir and the ventilator? If so, you may want to review the literature on those two treatments before you agree.

“Hospitals are not the same places you and I were born in a generation ago. Realize what you’re walking into,” attorney Andrew Schlafly, general counsel for the Association of American Physicians & Surgeons, said during a recent FLCCC webinar.

Depending on the laws and policies governing hospital visitation where you live, you or your loved one could be isolated, shut-off or even sequestered on a COVID ward, disallowed visitors and maybe even made to believe you cannot leave. In this high-stress situation, most patients have no idea of their rights or even how to respond.

One of the most trying aspects of COVID treatment is that, while having to focus on a life-or-death health issue, critical decisions are often rushed, or made with little or no knowledge. Even with knowledge, it can be a losing battle to