6 Steps to Safer Health Care
Research shows that patients who take part in decisions about their health care are more likely to have better outcomes. We invite you to take an active role in your care:
- Speak up if you have questions or concerns
- Keep a list of all the medications and herbal supplements you take
- Make sure you get the results of any test or procedure
- Talk with your doctor and health care team about your options
- Make sure you understand what will happen if you need surgery
- Any patient safety concerns should be reported to the patient representative.
Fall Prevention Tips
- Do not get in or out of your bed by yourself unless you have been advised.
- Do not attempt to raise or lower bed rails; call for assistance whenever necessary.
- Do not lean out of bed to reach for items on the bedside table; ask for assistance.
- Do not use a bedside cabinet or bed table for support; they are on wheels and may move under you weight.
- Do not go without bedroom slippers when out of bed. (Skid-resistant soles are preferred)
- Do not walk on wet areas when floors are being cleaned.
- Do not attempt to get in or out of a wheelchair by yourself. Please let your nurse help you.
- Patients MAY NOT bring in any electrical appliances, such as stereos, hair dryers, personal computers or VCRs, to the Hospital.
- These items may interfere with the safe operation of important medical equipment.
- Any personal entertainment system that is battery operated (such as portable CD, MP3, or DVD player) is permitted.
Patients admitted to the hospital should bring a list of their currently prescribed medications. Only if the Hospital Pharmacy does not stock your medication should you bring your medications from home. The pharmacy must assure the accuracy of every medication brought into the Hospital for proper identification.
- Patients are not permitted to administer their own drugs, or keep personal medications at their bedsides.
- All medications taken by patients while in the Hospital are prescribed by the patient's doctor, dispensed by the Hospital pharmacy and administered by a nurse.
- Our responsibility as a Hospital is to provide an atmosphere that promotes the health and safety of patients, staff and visitors. The hospital DOES NOT permit smoking on the Hospital property.
- For patient protection, the Hospital conducts fire and safety drills regularly.
- If a drill occurs while you are a patient, please remain in your room and do not become alarmed. The Hospital staff is specially trained in fire protection.
Care of Valuables & Lost Items
- We ask patients to leave all jewelry and money, other than small change, at home. The Hospital cannot be held responsible for the loss of money, valuables, jewelry, or other articles kept in a patient's room.
- If the patient cannot leave valuables at home, we urge them to speak to the nurse about keeping those items in the hospital safe, where they can be picked up between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 pm Monday through Friday, excluding holidays.
- If something is missing, a Lost and Found is maintained at the Volunteer Information Desk in the Main Lobby.