Safety and Security
We seek to provide the best possible care to our patients and foster a safe environment for healing. As a result, HSHS St. Elizabeth's Hospital maintains an active safety program training all personnel and conducting safety drills on a regular basis.
What You Need to Know
- A history of falling.
- An unsteady gait (walk) or balance.
- Bathroom difficulties/problems.
- An altered mental status or impaired judgment.
- Impaired (poor) eyesight, or vision problems.
Your family or significant others can help by:
- Keeping your bed in locked and in the “low” position.
- Staying with you.
- Notifying the nursing staff when they are leaving or need help.
- NOT trying to help you get out of bed or a chair without proper training.
- Leaving the call light within your reach at all times.
- Limit visitors. Family members and other visitors who are feeling sick or even slightly under the weather should not visit until they are well.
- Patients with certain infectious conditions will be placed in isolation precautions and may be asked to wear a mask when leaving the room.
- Use a tissue to cover your nose and mouth when coughing or sneezing, or cough or sneeze into your upper sleeve, not your hands.
- Practice hand hygiene. for your safety and security
Please tell your doctor or nurse if you are taking any medications, vitamins, herbal supplements or natural remedies. Herbal and/or natural products will not continue during your hospital stay.
It is also important to let us know if you have any known drug or latex allergies.
- Speak up if you have any questions or concerns. If you don’t understand something, let us know.
- Pay attention to the care you are receiving and ask questions when you don’t understand.
- Educate yourself about your diagnosis, medical tests and your plan of care.
- Ask a trusted family member or friend to be with you if you are unable to ask questions.
- Know what medications you take.
- Use a health care organization that participates in rigorous onsite evaluations.
- Participate in decisions about your treatment. You are the center of your health care team.