VINCENNES, Ind. (WTWO/WAWV) — In recognition of Patient Safety Awareness Week, Good Samaritan Hospital is offering tips to help patients stay safe and take an active role in their care. Patient Safety Awareness Week, which is observed annually to raise awareness of important patient safety issues, is March 14-20.
“Patient safety is at the forefront of the care we provide and is a part or our hospital culture,” said Rob McLin, President and CEO. “We welcome this opportunity to celebrate Patient Safety Awareness Week in collaboration with the Indiana Hospital Association with our patients, staff and community.”
Good Samaritan offers the following tips to help patients stay safe and comfortable during their hospital stay:
- Speak up. You must trust your health care provider, but remember communication is a two-way street. If you have a question or concern about your care, ask your doctor. Ask Me 3 encourages patients and families to ask three specific questions of their providers to better understand their health conditions and what they need to do to stay healthy.
- What is my main problem?
- What do I need to do?
- Why is it important for me to do this?
- Keep your hands clean. Hand hygiene is the most effective way to prevent the spread of infection. Keep your hands clean and ask providers to clean their hands before touching you. Good Samaritan has taken hand hygiene one step further by introducing Biovigil to nursing units. Biovigil hand hygiene awareness automatically reminds staff when hand hygiene is required with sounds on a special badge.
- The visual lights on the badge communicate to patients about their caretaker’s hand hygiene status and allow patients to see that employees have washed their hands.
- Educate yourself. Unfortunately, it’s possible to get an infection in the hospital while being treated for something else. Know the signs and symptoms of infection and let your health care provider know if you experience them.
- Participate in treatment decisions. Your health care provider has your best interests in mind, but you must be an active participant in your own care. Discuss all treatment options so you can make an informed decision together.
“Patient safety is everyone’s responsibility, from physicians and nurses to patients and visitors,” said McLin. “We must all work together to ensure patients receive the best, safest care.”
For more information about Patient Safety Awareness Week, go to www.unitedforpatientsafety.org.