Cleveland Clinic: When caregivers become the patients

What would you do if you were a patient at your own hospital?

Imagine you work in the health care industry: You have the knowledge. You make the rules. Until one day you yourself experience a major health problem. Suddenly, everything changes.

Now, you’re the patient in the bed. You’re the one who’s helpless and dependent. That’s what happened to the health care workers in this video. The doctors, nurses and caregivers featured here learned firsthand what it’s like to be a patient. It started with a shocking diagnosis. They spent weeks in a bed. They wondered if this day, or the next, would be their last.

Hear their stories, and find out how they coped. See how these dedicated caregivers emerged from their ordeals with a sense of empathy and purpose renewed.


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