Safety is the #1 value of the Cypress Health Region and we are committed to providing a safe environment for all individuals.
As a patient you play a vital role in safety!
Patient Safety Tips:
- Ask a family member or a friend to be your advocate. An advocate is a friend, family member, or someone you trust. They can be your eyes and ears while you are in the Hospital. They can help get things done and speak up for you if you can’t.
- When you visit any healthcare facility, make sure to wash your hands. Don’t be afraid to ask your healthcare professional to wash their hands too. Hand washing is the single most important thing that anyone, including you, can do to prevent the spread of infection.
- Patient Identification. Do not let anyone give you medication or perform any procedure unless they check your identification (ID) band. Anytime an ID band is placed on your wrist always read the information and make sure it is correct.
- Make sure the doctors and nurses know all of the medications you are taking, including over the counter medications (ex. aspirin) and dietary supplements (ex. vitamins and herbs).
- Look at all the medications you receive. If the medications you are given do not look familiar, alert your doctor or nurse.
- Falls can lead to serious injury. Tell your healthcare provider if you have had a fall at home or feel unsteady on your feet.
- If you are having surgery make sure that you, your doctor, and your surgeon all agree on what will be done. Speak to a member of your care team about the Surgical Safety Checklist.
- When you are discharged from the Hospital, ask your doctor or nurse to explain your home treatment plan. Make sure you know which medications to take when you go home. Your medications may have changed while in hospital.