Keeping Our Patients Safe

Keeping Our Patients Safe

Preventing Falls

Falls are a major cause of injury in hospitals every year. If a patient is identified as being high risk, certain strategies are put in place. Please help us by:

  • Using the call bell to ring for assistance to get out of bed.
  • Wearing non-slip footwear or slippers.
  • Ensuring that your night clothes are not too long.
  • Wearing your eyeglasses and/or hearing aids when awake.
  • Using only a walker or cane for support. Do not lean on the bedside table, intravenous (IV) pole or other items to steady yourself.

Preventing Venous Thromboembolism (VTE)

VTE is a condition in which a blood clot develops in the deep veins of the body. Every patient is assessed for VTE, and those at risk receive special treatment and medication. Tell your healthcare team if you have a history of blood clots or other risk factors – or if you notice swelling, redness or pain in an extremity.

 

Delirium

Delirium is when a person suddenly gets really confused when they are sick. They may not be able to think clearly, follow a conversation, or remember things. If you think your family member has delirium, please let the doctor or nurse know. Learn more about delirium.

 

Medication Reconciliation

Please bring all your medications to the hospital. Upon admission and again upon discharge, the health care team will review your medications with you. This will help create an accurate list of all medications you are taking. It will also help to reduce medication errors or adverse reactions between medications.