Patients & Visitors

Take An Active Role In Your Care

  • Medications – Your healthcare providers need accurate, complete information about all medications you are taking. Keep an up-to-date list and share that list with your healthcare providers at the hospital. Include all medications, the dosage of each, and how frequently you take them. Don’t forget about any over-the-counter medications as well as any herbs or vitamins. Ask about any medication you are given especially if it is not familiar to you. Let someone know if you do not feel well after receiving a medicine.
  • Cleanliness – Clean hands are essential to prevent infections. Hospital employees should wash their hands or use hand foam before and after every contact with a patient. Ask your caregivers if they have washed their hands. 
  • Watch for confirmation – To ensure that proper care is provided to the right patient, you will be asked for your name and date of birth many times. Staff may check your armband, too. Your name and date of birth will be verified each time someone provides a service to you. 
  • Pay attention to the care you receive – Tell someone if something doesn’t seem right. Ask questions if you don’t understand something. If you cannot do this, ask a trusted family member or friend to be your advocate.