Patients

Your hospital stay

Even under the best circumstances, a hospital stay can be stressful. Our goal is to make your stay as comfortable and safe as possible. To help us protect your health and safety, here are some helpful tips.

Be prepared if possible

In cases of scheduled visits, it is best to be prepared. Bring a brief medical history and a list of all the medications you're currently taking, including over-the-counter drugs and supplements along with dosage. Make sure that you note any allergies, previous adverse drug reactions or bad experiences with anesthesia.

"Time Out"—Questions from staff

Expect some questions from our clinical staff. We will frequently ask your name and date of birth, what procedure you are having, and what part of your body is involved. We call this a "time out," and it is for your safety. If you are having an operation, we may mark the area of surgery on your body.

Ask questions

Remember, communication helps ensure your safety. If you don't understand the purpose or reason behind a test or treatment, be sure to ask. You have a right to this information. Our staff is there to keep you informed.

Infection control measures

The goal of our hospital infection control program is to prevent the spread of germs and disease. For this reason, our doctors, nurses and other health care workers often wear gloves, gowns, masks or plastic glasses. They should also use sanitizing foam or wash their hands each time they enter your room. If they don't, you and your family should feel free to ask your caregivers to wash their hands.

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