Your Safety

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:

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
  • Seizure medications
  • Psycho active medications

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 safety. 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 chair, 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 within reach.
  • Wear your glasses and hearing aids.
  • Wear non-skid slippers/socks whenever you walk in your room or the hospital.
  • If there is a spill or wet spot on the floor, notify us 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 handrails. Our staff can assist you when you need to use the bathroom.

Patient Safety Line

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

Food and Drug Interactions

Certain foods can interfere with medications you are taking. Some common interactions to keep in mind include:
Antireflux - Pantoproazole (Protonix), Esomeprazole (Nexium), Omeparazole (Prilosec), Dexlansoprazole (Kapidex, Dexilant), Lansoprazole (Prevacid) and Rabeprazole (AcipHex)

Take on an empy stomach 30 minutes before breakfast.

Carbidopa/Levodopa (Sinemet)

Avoid taking with high protein meals.

Warfarin - Coumadin
Avoid drastic changes in consumption of foods high in vitamin K. Theses can include: beef liver, cabbage, kale, soybean oil, broccoli, collard greens, spinach, turnip greens, Brussels sprouts, green tea and other green leafy vegetables. 

Diuretics (Water Pill)
If you take diuretics that are potassium-depleting such as Furosemide (Lasix), Bumentanide (Bumex), Torsemide (Demadex) or Hydrochlorothiazide (Aquazide, Hydrocot, Microzide or Zide), ask your doctor if consumption if potassium-rich foods should be increased.

Foods high in potassium include:

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

Alendronate (Fosamax), Risedronate (Actonel) and Ibandronate (Boniva)
Take 30 minutes before the first food or drink of the day. Take only with water. Sit upright or stand for at least 30 minutes after taking the medicine.

Levothyroxine (Synthroid, Levoxyl, Levothroid, Unithroid and Tirosint)
Take 30 minutes before breakfast on an empty stomach..

MAO Inhibitors Tranylcypromine (Parnate), Selegiline (Elderpryl), Phenelzine (Nardil) and Linezolid (Zyfox)
Avoid draft beer; aged cheese; aged, smoked or cured meat; soy sauce and tofu.

Oral Diabetic Medications

  • If you takeglipizide (Glucotrol), repaglinide (Prandin) or nateglinide (Starlix), take the medication 15-30 minutes before meals
  • If you take glyburide (Diabeta or Micronase) or metformin (Glucophage, Fortamet, Riomet or Glumetza), take with meals.
  • If you take pioglitazone (Actos), take with or without meals.
  • If you take acarbose (Precose) or miglitol (Glyset), take with first bite of each main meal.

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

Levofloxacin (Levaquin), Ciprofloxacin (Cipro) and Doxcycline (Adoxa, Monodox, Oracea, Vibramycine and Avidoxy)
Take one hour before or two hours after dairy products, antacids, iron, calcium or zinc (including multivitamins). Avoid alcoholic beverages. Take only with water.

Statin-type Cholesterol Medications (Rosuvastin [Crestor], Atorvastatin [Lipitor], Lovastatin [Mevacor], Pravastatin [Pravachol] and Simvastatin [Zocor])
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 nurse, physician or pharmacist for assistance.

Medication Reconciliation

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

  • Share with your doctor and nurse a list of your current medications, including over-the-counter medications, vitamins, herbals and supplements. It’s important to know dosages, how often you take them and when the last dose was taken.
  • Remind your doctor about allergies you have or negative reactions you have had to any medications.
  • Tell your nurse or doctor if you don’t feel well after taking a medicine. If you think you are having a reaction or experiencing side effects, call for help immediately.
  • If a new medication is ordered, ask your doctor or nurse how it will help. Ask for written information, including its brand and generic names, and possible side effects.
  • Whenever you are in doubt about a medication, ask your nurse, doctor or pharmacist for more information.
  • Make sure your doctor or nurse checks your wristband and asks your name before giving you any medications.
  • 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. Ask questions. The list might not be the same as when you entered the hospital. After you have received your new list, please remember to discard any old medication lists and update all records with your medical providers and/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

People of all ages and backgrounds may be carriers of infectious diseases. These illnesses may include multidrug-resistant, urinary catheter, central line and surgical site infections.

We take special precautions to prevent accidental exposure to these types of infection. Our personnel will wear protective clothing whenever exposure to your blood, bodily fluids or mucous membranes is likely. Also, signs will be place on your room door whenever any specifice infectious condition is identified and requires isolation. These signs will give additional guidelines for visitors and staff about infection control measures.

To prevent the possible transfer of infections, children younger that 12 are not permitted in may patient care areas. Education on safe infection control practices will be provided to you and your visitors.

Reduce the Spread of Infections - Clean Your Hands

Proper hand hygiene can significantly reduce the spread of infections. Follow these easy tips:

  • Clean your hands when entering and exiting your room
  • Clean you hands before and after touching or eating food
  • Clean your hands after using the bathroom
  • Use soap and warm water; then rub your hands together for at least 15 seconds before rinsing
  • Use hand sanitizer; then rub your hands together - especially under nails and between fingers - until they are dry

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 during your stay.

Safety Steps Taken by Healthcare Providers

Doctors, nurses, technicians and other healthcare providers are exposed to many patients throughout the day. Guidelines developed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) 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.

Safe Antibiotic Use

We are commited to safe antibiotic use! As your healthcare providers, we pledge to give you the best care possible. To improve effectiveness and reduce the risk of resistance, we will avoid prescribing antibiotics and use them only when needed for the shortest duration possible.