Patient Safety Tips
We are committed to your health and safety. Here are some ways you can work with us and your medical team to help keep you safe while you are a patient in our hospital.
Please feel free to ask any questions you may have. It is OK to ask questions. If you do not understand the answer, ask again. You have a right to expect answers that you can understand. Always ask questions before agreeing to any medical tests, before taking new medication, or before any new treatments.
Know Your Medical Team
Healthcare professionals must wear identification badges. If someone who tries to care for you is not wearing an identification badge, ask for his or her name and notify a properly identified healthcare professional.
Wash Your Hands
Hand washing helps prevent the spread of germs. Infections that occur in the hospital are commonly spread by contact and may be prevented with hand washing. Wash your hands after you touch things in your room, move around your room, or use the bathroom. Touching your nose or mouth with unwashed hands spreads germs that can cause disease or infection. Touching a wound with unwashed hands can infect the wound, again causing an infection. And it is OK to ask your medical team and visitors if they have washed their hands!
Share Important Health Information With Your Medical Team
You may be asked the same questions different times by several members of your medical team (e.g., Do you have any allergies? What medications are you taking?). This is all part of making sure that you get the safest care. Be sure to let your medical team know all of the medications that you are taking, including non-prescribed/medicines not given to you by a doctor like aspirin, Motrin, Advil, vitamins, and any herbal supplements.
Know Your Medicines
If you do not understand why you are taking a medication, what it does, its possible side effects, the best time to take it, or foods to avoid, ask. Ask questions so that you understand the medication you are taking. Make sure it is the medicine that was ordered for you. If it looks like the wrong medicine, ask questions.