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Help Us Keep You Safe

We respect your privacy; but for your safety, your door and curtain must remain open. 

Please click on one or more of the below options for more safety information and tips:

Doors and Curtains

Preventing Falls and Risk For Injury

Medication Reconciliation

Consider Your Options

Fire Safety

Reduce Your Risk

Infection Control

Safety Tips and Guidelines

Hand Washing

Patient Safety Line

Preventing Infection

Additional Safety Tips

Safety Steps Taken by Healthcare Providers

Food and Drug Interactions

 

Doors and Curtains

   We respect your privacy; but for your safety, your door and curtain must remain open.

Preventing Falls And Risk For Injury

All patients are at risk for falls when in the hospital. Your illness, treatments or procedures may leave you weak or unsteady. Some medications can also cause disorientation and weakness. These medications include:

  • Blood pressure medicines
  • Diuretics (water pill)
  • Sleeping pills
  • Pain medication
  • Tranquilizers
  • Laxatives and enemas
  • Muscle relaxants

Falling also increases your risk for injury and may prolong your hospital stay and recovery period. High-risk factors for fall injuries may include:

  • Being age 85 or older
  • Having a condition such as, osteoporosis or a previous fracture
  • Some medications, such as blood thinners
  • Undergoing a surgical procedure

Reduce Your Risk

Extra effort may be required to avoid potential falls and related injuries. By following our guidelines, you and your family can help reduce your risk of falling. Always follow your physician's and nurse's instructions as to whether you must stay in bed, call for required assistance, etc. Our staff is always available and happy to assist you.

Safety Tips and Guidelines

  • Use your call bell.
  • Ask for help if you need to use the bathroom or if you feel dizzy or weak when getting out of bed. Remember, you are more likely to faint or feel dissy after sitting or lying down for a long time.
  • Remain lying down or seated while waiting for assistance. Someone will answer your call as soon as possible.
  • Keep your bed in its lowest postion.
  • Keep the bed alarm on. You may have a bed or chair alarm on for safetly. Do not turn it off. If you need help getting out of your bed or chair, please call for assistance.
  • When getting out of bed or a chaif, sit up for at least two minutes. Then rise carefully and slowly to avoid unsteadiness.
  • Keep your telephone, personal items and assistive devices near you and easy to reach.
  • Wear your glasses and hearing aids.
  • Wear non-skid slippers/socks whenever you walk around your room or the hospital.
  • If there is a spill or wet spot on the floor, notify our staff so we can clean it before a mishap occurs.
  • Let our staff know if furniture or other objects should be moved or removed to clear your path.
  • Be careful getting on and off the toilet. Use the hand rails. Our staff can assist you when you need to use the bathroom.

Call Before You Fall

Call the nurse for help if you feel dizzy or weak when getting out of bed. Remember, you are more likely to faint or feel dizzy after sitting or lying for a long time. If you must get up without waiting for help, sit up in bed for at least two minutes before standing. Rise carefully and slowly begin to walk.

You may have a bed or chair alarm for your safety. Please do not turn the alarm off. If you need assistance getting out of this bed or chair, please call your nurse. 

Patient Safety Line

If you wish to report a safety concern, please contact your nurse or dial 7800 from your room telephone.

Additional Safety Tips

  • Reach and use your call bell.
  • Do not wait until the last minute before calling for help to go to the bathroom.
  • Remain lying or seated while waiting for assistance. Please be patient. Someone will answer your call as soon as possible.
  • Keep the telephone and personal items near you to help make them easier to reach.
  • Please wear non-skid slippers whenever you walk in the hospital.
  • Always follow your physician’s and nurse’s instructions as to whether you must stay in bed, call for required assistance, etc.
  • If there is a spill or wet spot on the floor, please notify our staff so we may clean it before a mishap occurs.
  • Be careful getting on and off the toilet. Use the handrail next to the toilet. Our staff is available to assist you.
  • Please let our staff know if furniture or other objects should be moved to clear your path.

Food and Drug Interactions

Sometimes, foods can interfere with medications you are taking. Some common interactions are:

Coumadin (Warfarin)
Avoid drastic changes in consumption of foods high in vitamin K: beef liver, cabbage, kale, soybean oil, broccoli, collard greens, spinach, turnip greens, Brussels sprouts, green tea and other green leafy vegetables. Avoid alcoholic beverages and aspirin products.

Dilantin (Phenytoin)
Take with food to increase absorption and reduce stomach irritation. Avoid alcoholic beverages.

Digoxin (Lanoxin)
Take after morning meal. Avoid antacids, cold medications and appetite suppressants.

Diuretics (Water Pill)
Take with food or milk. If you take diuretics that are potassium depleting (Lasix, Dyazide, Bumex, Demadex or Hydrochlorothiazide), avoid foods containing sodium and increase potassium-rich foods.

Foods high in potassium include:

  • Apricots
  • Artichokes
  • Asparagus
  • Avocados
  • Bananas
  • Broccoli
  • Brussels sprouts
  • Cantaloupes
  • Dates
  • Dried beans
  • Figs
  • Grapefruit juice
  • Greens
  • Honeydews
  • Milk
  • Molasses
  • Oranges
  • Potatoes
  • Prunes
  • Pumpkins
  • Raisins
  • Spinach
  • Squash
  • Sweet potatoes
  • Tomatoes
  • V8 Juice

Fosamax, Actonel and Boniva
Take 30 minutes before the first food or drink of the day other than water. Sit upright or stand for at least 30 minutes after taking the medicine.

Oral Diabetic Medications
Take 30 minutes before meals.

Iron Supplements
Take on an empty stomach with water. If upset stomach occurs, take after meals or with food. Do not take with tetracycline or antacids. Also, these supplements may darken the color of your stools.

Levaquin, Cipro and Tetracycline
Take one hour before or two hours after dairy products, antacids, iron, calcium or zinc (including multivitamins). Avoid alcoholic beverages.

Sinemet (Carbidopa/Levodopa)
Avoid taking with high-protein meals.

Theophylline
Limit caffeine and chocolate intake, which may increase nervousness.

Zocor, Lipitor, Mevacor, Crestor and Pravachol
Avoid drinking grapefruit juice when taking these medications.

This list does not include all food and drug interactions. If you have any questions, please consult your physician or pharmacist.

Medication Reconciliation

Medication mistakes can be prevented. Follow these basic tips to manage your medication safely:

  1. Share with your doctor and nurse a list of your current medications, including over-the-counter medications, vitamins, herbs and supplements that you routinely or frequently take. It’s important to tell your nurse the medication dosage and how often you take it.
  2. Ask your doctor or nurse how a new medicine will help. Ask for written information about it, including its brand/generic names and possible side effects.
  3. Tell your nurse or doctor if you don’t feel well after receiving a medicine. If you think you are having a reaction or experiencing side effects, call for help immediately.
  4. Whenever you are in doubt about a medicine, ask your nurse, doctor or pharmacist questions until you feel comfortable.
  5. Whenever you get a new medicine, remind your doctor about allergies you have or negative reactions you have had to other medicines. Don’t be afraid to ask questions.
  6. Make sure your doctor or nurse checks your wristband and asks your name before giving you medicine.
  7. Before you leave the hospital, make sure you get a copy of your medication list. It should include all the medicines you should take at home. Check it for accuracy and ask questions; it might not be the same as when you entered the hospital. After you have received your new list, please remember to discard old medication lists and update any records with your medication providers or retail pharmacies.

Fire Safety

If you hear a fire bell, please return to your room and stay there until given further instructions. Your room door will be closed, and the staff will notify you about any necessary evacuation plans. Our staff is skilled in fire protection and will transport you safely, if needed.

Infection Control

Because people of all ages and backgrounds may be carriers of infectious disease, it is important to take precautions to prevent accidental exposures. Hospital personnel will wear protective clothing whenever any exposure to a patient’s blood, body fluids or mucous membranes is likely. Signs will be placed on patient room doors whenever any specific infectious conditions are identified that require isolation. These signs will give additional guidelines for visitors and staff about infection control measures. To prevent the possible transfer of infections, children younger than age 12 are not permitted in patient care areas. Education on safe infection control practices will be provided to you and your visitors.

Hand Washing

To ensure patient safety, we ask patients and visitors to wash their hands when entering and leaving the room. Using soap and warm water, rub your hands together for at least 15 seconds, or clean them with alcohol-based hand sanitizers available outside your room. Rub the sanitizer all over your hands, especially under your nails and between your fingers, until your hands are dry. Clean your hands before touching or eating food or after you use the bathroom.

Preventing Infection

Cover your mouth and nose.
Many diseases are spread through sneezes and coughs. When you sneeze or cough, the germs can travel three feet or more. Cover your mouth and nose to prevent the spread of infection to others.

 

Use a tissue.
Keep tissues handy at home, at work and in your pocket. Be sure to throw away used tissues and then clean your hands. If you don’t have a tissue, cover your mouth and nose with the bend of your elbow or hands. If you use your hands, wash them right away.

Please do not have ill friends or family members visit.

Safety Steps Taken by Healthcare Providers

Doctors, nurses, technicians and other healthcare providers come into contact with a lot of bacteria and viruses. New guidelines, developed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and infection control organizations, recommend that healthcare workers routinely use an alcohol-based hand rub to clean their hands between patient contacts and before certain procedures. Hand washing with soap and water is still recommended whenever the hands are visibly soiled. Healthcare providers may wear clean gloves when they perform their tasks. Please feel free to remind staff to clean their hands before caring for you.