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Oct 2, 2017

By the time Lauren Sampson was 7 years old, she had been hospitalized more than 50 times.  She endured the typical healthcare treatments and procedures.  On top of all of that, she also faced the daily visits from healthcare professionals who didn't always use good manners.  They would often enter her room without knocking, begin probing before telling her who they were, and what they were going to do.  

With help from her mom, Sally, and the child life specialist from the hospital, they drafted a list of requests that was taped to her door, so that anyone who entered would read it.  The list requested 4 things.

  • Please knock on my door.
  • Please introduce yourself. 
  • Please explain why you are here.
  • Please tell me if something might hurt. 

 Simple, right?  

Lauren's list has become the standard at many hospitals.  It should be the standard that all healthcare professionals practice with every patient.  Including those on hospice.  Too often, professionals think only about the job they have to do, and forget that they're working with a flesh and blood human, with feelings and emotions.  These are people, not patients.  

For more information about Lauren's List, please visit this YouTube page: Lauren's List video

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