Phoenix, U.S.A. — It’s a fact: hospital stays are shorter than ever before, even for major surgeries. As a result, home-based education has become a critical component not only for patient recovery, but also for lowering costly re-admission rates.
Most educational material is provided while the patient is still in the hospital in a postoperative state. Once home, patients and caregivers quickly become overwhelmed and have trouble recalling all of the information and instructions they were given. Enter Recover Rite’s Recovering from Heart Surgery DVD, a 31-minute high-definition video in both English and Spanish that walks patients through the steps of heart surgery recovery.
Why video? Studies show that patients remember approximately 10% of what they read, 25% of what they hear, 45% of what they see, and 65% of what they hear and see, making visual aids a must for recovery.
“The only thing more frightening than having surgery is going home,” says owner and creator Lisa Coleman. “My mother had an emergency triple bypass several years ago and there just wasn’t any comprehensive information available to guide us through her recovery, much less a take-home video. I just knew there had to be a better way to inform patients and caregivers, so RecoverRite was born.”
Recover Rite was founded on the premise that knowledge is power. Patients and family members need specific tools to help them better understand and manage medications, appointments, daily requirements and expectations of life after heart surgery. The more patients know about what to do after surgery, the more effectively they will recover. In turn, this improves outcomes and reduces re-admissions for hospitals.
The bilingual Recovering from Heart Surgery DVD is available on the RecoverRite website and retails for $15.95 plus S&H (and is available for licensing on in-room hospital networks). The company also provides a suite of products in both English and Spanish to help the heart surgery patient prepare and recover from their procedures, including My Heart Notebook – A Recovery Guide for Heart Surgery Patients, and the recently released Preparing for Heart Surgery Handbook.
“With the population of the United States being around 25% Hispanic, quality medical products in Spanish have become indispensable,” said Coleman. “We are now marketing our recovery products in both languages in order to meet this need and help hospitals and patients ease the ever-increasing problem of communication.”