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Patients - Safety Rules for Patients

Infection Control

The best way to prevent the spread of infection is through good hand-washing. It is important for you to wash your hands before eating and after using the restroom. If your friends or family have been ill or have the flu, encourage them to call rather than visit you at the medical center to protect you and other patients from their illness. Some infections require special precautions. Please follow those precautions as instructed by the nurse to protect others from the infection. If you have any questions about the precautions, contact the infection control nurse.

Medications

Any medications brought from home should be returned to your home. Our Pharmacy Department will supply all of your in-patient medication needs. Information sheets advising you of possible side effects and the benefits of specific drugs are available. Our pharmacists are available to visit with our patients and their families if desired to discuss medication regimens.

Electrical Appliances

All electrical appliances brought from home for personal use (for example: hair dryers, curling irons; shavers) must be inspected for safety by our facilities staff. A member of our staff can arrange this for you.

Wrist Bands

Your wrist identification band contains specific and vital information needed by all Greater Regional personnel to positively identify you when they administer tests, medications, and treatments. It must be worn at all times. Please notify the nurse if your wrist band is removed for any reason or if it becomes illegible or has errors.

Dentures, Eyeglasses, Contact Lenses, Hearing Aides

If you wear dentures, a special container will be provided for storage. When you remove your eyeglasses/contact lenses or hearing aides, please place them in the container specifically designed for them. Greater Regional takes every precaution to protect these items from loss or breakage, however, Greater Regional is not responsible for eyeglasses, contact lenses, hearing aides or dentures should loss or breakage occur.

Beds

Please follow your nurse's instructions for getting out of bed. You may experience weakness or lightheadedness due to your illness or treatment and your safety is important to us! The side rails attached to the bed are for your convenience and protection. If your nurse or physician believes it is necessary for the side rails to be raised, please call your nurse for assistance in getting in and out of bed.

Nurse Call Light

When you are an in-patient, please use the nurse call system whenever you are needing assistance. Pressing the call button will turn on a light at the nurse's station. Someone will come to assist you with your needs in a timely manner.

Warning Drills

Occasionally you may hear a series of bells or alarms in the medical center. Please remain calm as this is our way of checking our alarm systems. In the event of an actual fire, tornado, etc, our staff will inform you of necessary procedures that will be instituted and will come to your assistance.

Leaving Your Room

Please notify your nurse or the nursing station before leaving your room. It is also requested that you remain in your room until your physician has made rounds and treatments have been completed.