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Ensuring Your Safety

Speak Up for Safety

Our team wants you to have a health care experience that's as safe and positive as possible. 

St. Luke's is committed to partnering with you and your loved ones to deliver exceptional care and a physically and psychologically safe care experience. We’re here to listen and work with you, and we welcome your questions and comments.

We invite you to speak up for safety during your care experience when you need clarification, support, or would like more information. Safety language sounds like: 

  • I have a follow-up question about my medications … 
  • I am worried about falling … 
  • I did not catch your name or job role … 
  • I’m not sure where you are taking me … 
At St. Luke's, we are on a journey toward zero preventable harm. By working closely together with you, we can lower the risk of accidents and improve safety for everyone. 

For Every St. Luke's Visit

There are many ways you can help us make your St. Luke's visit as safe as possible. It’s very important that you understand all aspects of your care, including tests, procedures, medications, and instructions regarding your medical condition. Please discuss these topics with your healthcare providers, as applicable:

  • Medication allergies
    • Verify all allergy information is written down in your medical records.
  • Current medications
    • Inform your healthcare providers of any medications you are currently taking, including prescription medications, over-the-counter medications, vitamins, minerals, dietary/herbal supplements, laxatives, pain relievers, sleeping aids, etc. 
  • Additional prescription medications
    • Ask questions about the medication being prescribed to you before you take them. Make sure you understand what the medication is for, the dosage, directions for use, refills, storage, expiration, and what to do about missed dosages. Discuss any side effects or warnings associated with the use of the medication and what to do if you experience side effects.
      • Are there activities, food, drinks, or other medications you should avoid while taking the medication?
      • Does the medication need to be taken with water, milk, or food?
    • Ask for an interpreter
      • If you’re deaf or hearing impaired, or if English is not your primary language, ask us to connect you with an interpreter. 
    • Feel free to ask for second opinion
      • It’s your right to be well-informed, well-cared for, and safe. You have the right to ask for a second opinion. Seek advice and assessment from another healthcare provider if you’re unsure or uncomfortable about the care and information you receive. 

For a Hospital Stay

For the best care, you should choose a hospital that does many of the procedures or surgeries you’re about to undergo. These additional tips will help keep you safe and reduce risk in the hospital.

  • Ask visitors who have colds, respiratory symptoms (coughing, sneezing, runny nose, etc.), or other contagious illnesses not to visit you or anyone else in the hospital. 
  • Minimize visits from young children, as they have colds and other infections more frequently. 
  • Inform your nurse or another healthcare provider if your gowns or linens become soiled. 
  • Remind healthcare providers to wash their hands or wear gloves prior to examining you or giving you medication.
  • Get a flu or pneumonia vaccine before admission, if recommended by the hospital. This can help prevent illness in high-risk or elderly patients. 
  • Make sure you understand any discharge instructions given when you’re leaving for home. 
    • Are there special instructions for care, activities, or medications? 
    • Should you schedule a follow-up appointment? 
    • Is there a phone number to call if you have any questions? 

What to Bring with You and What to Leave at Home

Remember to bring these items with you to the hospital:

  • Identification
  • Insurance card or information, including preauthorization if necessary
  • Medicaid or Medicare card
  • Advance directive (living will)
  • Emergency contact and physician information
  • A list of medications and dosages. (Do not bring your medications unless you have your doctor’s order to do so.)

Other personal items you may need include:

  • Clothing, such as a robe, slippers, and socks
  • Toothpaste, toothbrush, and shampoo
  • Instructions from your provider or the hospital
You should leave some things home, such as:

  • Jewelry and other valuables
  • An abundance of cash and several credit cards
  • Electronics and appliances

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