Your Health Care Team
There are many people who help care for you when you have been hospitalized. Each member
of your health care team has a special role in your care. The focus of each member of your team
is you. Like the picture below, you are the center of attention. Please read on for more
information about your team members.
Print your team members’
Doctors & Surgeons will be involved throughout your
recovery. These doctors are highly skilled in their field of
specialty and will address medical & rehabilitation needs
Resident Doctor will meet with you daily and are
available 24 hours a day. They are training with the
doctors and surgeons.
Primary Nurse will create a plan of care based on your
goals, represent your needs and concerns to the
healthcare team, and will serve as your advocate
Nursing Team (RNs, Nursing assistants) will help with
daily care while you are in the hospital. They will help
with your medicines, provide education and work closely
with the other members of your health care team.
Pharmacists will review your medicines and explain
how to use them to make sure that they are correct and
Clinical Nutritionist will watch to make sure diet needs
are being met and promote healthy eating habits.
Respiratory Therapists (RT) will be working with you
if you need oxygen or breathing treatments.
Technicians (lab & x-ray) lab technicians will take
blood samples as ordered by your doctor. X-ray
technicians will take any x-rays ordered by your doctor
Nurse Case Manager will help plan for when you go
home. They will look at needs for community resources
& insurance issues, and meet daily with your healthcare
team to update your plan of care and make arrangements
for any needs before you go home.
Social Worker (SW) will help you find resources and
services. SW can help fill out a power of attorney or
help with legal guardianship and financial issues. They
can also help with disability paperwork and meet daily
with the healthcare team to update your plan of care and
make arrangements for any discharge needs.
Spiritual care staff will offer spiritual & emotional
support for patients & their families. Services are
available to people of all faiths. Chaplains are available
24 hours a day.
Physical Therapists (PT) will help to improve
movement & balance. They work with you on sitting,
walking, balance, and strength. They will teach you &
your family how to be more mobile based on your injury.
PT will suggest equipment & find resources needed for
Occupational Therapists (OT) focus on physical,
mental, and social skills. OT will work with you on
upper body movement & teach you & your family skills
to complete tasks with self-cares, meal preps, & light
cleaning tasks. OT will suggest adaptive tools & find
resources needed for discharge. OT will help identify
home access issues & make recommendations for
improved access. They can also provide a clinical
assessment for driving safety issues.
Speech/Swallow Therapists (SLP) will help those who
have problems speaking, thinking, and swallowing. They
will look at and treat changes in communication and
thinking skills, SLP help patients who have difficulty
speaking, help treat swallowing problems, & evaluate
Other Rehab Therapies
Therapeutic Recreation Therapist (TR) assist you in
returning to activities or hobbies that you enjoy doing ,
arrange for community outings, & help with getting
disability stickers for vehicles.
Vocational Rehab Therapist assists patients with
disabilities to make job plans and learn job skills. Their
goal is to help you gain and maintain employment.
Health Psychologists provide support and education to
help you and your loved one understand and cope with
Orthotics Team will create & custom fit braces or
devices as needed.
Housekeeping & maintenance will work to keep the
hospital and your room and equipment clean & in good
Your health care team may have given you this information as part of your care. If so, please use it and call if you
have any questions. If this information was not given to you as part of your care, please check with your doctor. This
is not medical advice. This is not to be used for diagnosis or treatment of any medical condition. Because each
person’s health needs are different, you should talk with your doctor or others on your health care team when using
this information. If you have an emergency, please call 911. Copyright © 6/2016 University of Wisconsin Hospitals
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