Patients who are involved in their health care tend to do better and stay safer. By taking part in decisions about your care, you may also be able to prevent mistakes or unplanned events. Mistakes are possible even when medications, surgery, equipment or diets are provided. Cabell Huntington Hospital wants you to ask questions, confirm expectations and insist on adequate communication from the doctor and other healthcare workers. Here are some tips to consider:
Good infection control practices will protect you and those who care for you as well as other patients. Remember that hand hygiene is the single most effective way to prevent the spread of infections. The system of infection control used by Cabell Huntington Hospital is the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's system called Standard Precautions. Standard Precautions are designed to reduce the spread of germs from both recognized and unrecognized sources of infection. Principles of Standard Precautions apply to all patients whether or not they have a diagnosed infectious disease.
If you have a clinically important disease that could be spread by direct contact with you or with environmental surfaces or patient care items, you will be in a private room under Contact Precautions. Healthcare workers entering your room will wear gloves and gowns. If you have a disease that could be spread through the air, special air handling and ventilation are required for your room. You will be in a private room under Airborne Precautions. You should not leave your room without a mask on. Healthcare workers entering your room will also wear masks. If you have a disease that could be spread through respiratory droplets, you will be in a private room under Droplet Precautions. Germs are spread when droplets are forced a short distance through the air and land on someone’s eyes, nose or mouth. Because droplets do not remain in the air but drop to the ground, special air handling and ventilation are not required to prevent droplet transmission. Healthcare workers entering your room will wear masks. Any time you are under isolation precautions, you will be in a private room. Your visitors must report to the nurses' station for instructions before entering your room. A nurse will assist your visitors with gowns and masks, if needed. Before leaving, visitors should take off gowns and masks, place them in the container in the room and thoroughly wash their hands.
Visitors should be limited to two people who can serve as messengers to inform other visitors about your condition. Your doctor will take you out of isolation precautions as soon as possible. If you have any questions, please ask your nurse. To protect you and your family, there may be times when we need to limit visitation.
We understand you may have pain for many different reasons. We believe you have the right to treatment of your pain during all aspects of your care. Our goal is to treat your pain so that you will be as comfortable as possible and so that pain does not interfere with your recovery or impact your quality of life. So that our staff can offer you the best care, tell your nurse:
Your illness, the medication you take, a recent surgery or being in unfamiliar surroundings may cause you to lose your balance. You and your family play an important role in fall prevention. Prevent falls by practicing these tips:
Restraints are devices, such as a vest or wrist strap, that are used to prevent movement of a part of the body. Sometimes patients become confused as a result of illness, medications or surgery and may need restraints to prevent them from falling, removing their tubes or wandering away. Several alternatives will be used before restraint devices are applied.
Special regulations are in effect in areas where patients are receiving oxygen. Electrically operated equipment and aerosol products are not permitted in these areas. Absolutely no smoking is permitted.
To ensure safekeeping of your belongings, we ask you to send valuables, jewelry, money, credit cards, checkbooks or anything else of value home with a family member. If that is not possible, valuables may be locked in Security until your discharge. For assistance, please ask your nurse. You are responsible for all articles in your possession, including dentures, hearing aids and glasses. For the health and safety of everyone, the hospital also reserves the right to remove or request that you remove items that are prohibited on CHH property from your possession, such as:
Security keeps any items found on campus. If you have lost/missing belongings, notify your nurse and call Security (ext. 2223 from your bedside phone).
Our staff rehearses fire and other emergency evacuation procedures on a regular basis. Do not be alarmed if you hear fire alarms or observe other safety procedures. You will be informed in the event of a real emergency. Because safety drills are not announced, it is important that the elevators not be used during any period when the fire alarms are sounding.
Let the charge nurse know if you are leaving the unit. Be aware of your surroundings. All hospital employees wear ID badges. Report anything suspicious to the charge nurse. Security officers are on duty at all times to help you with safety/security concerns.