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. Vincent Children's Hospital maintains an active safety program training all personnel and conducting safety drills on a regular basis.
What You Need to Know
- 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.
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.
- 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