Vanderbilt Safer Visit
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If you feel that something is 'just not right' or there is a medical emergency, call for the Rapid Response Team and notify your nurse.
A Safer Hospital Stay
Prepare for your visit
- Learn as much as you can about your illness, procedure or test.
- Verify with your doctor's office when you are to be admitted and where you should park.
- Learn about your choices. There are always choices to be made in your treatment plan. Find out what they are so you can make the best decisions.
- Make a list of all your current medications, including over-the-counter products and dietary or herbal supplements.
- Check to see that your immunizations and vaccinations are up-to-date.
What to bring
- A list of all your current medications
- A trusted friend or family member to act as your advocate
- A list of any questions you have to ask your provider or care giver.
- Personal items such as toiletries.
- Click here for a printable sheet to describe any pain you are having.
While you are here
- Ask questions. Click here for questions you might want to ask.
- Provide any and all information that you feel may be important.
- Let us know any allergies or sensitivies you may have.
- Ask everyone who enters your room to wash their hands.
- Ask every person to identify himself or herself when they enter your room.
- Ask questions about medications before they are given to you.
- Make sure your nurse or care giver checks your armband before giving you medicines.
- Report anything unusual to your doctor, such as any changes in your condition.
- If you feel that something is "just not right, or there is a medical emergency, call for the Rapid Response Team and notify your nurse. Call 1-1111.
Before you leave
- Make sure you understand your discharge instructions - to make sure you understand, repeat back the verbal instructions.
- Make sure you understand any written information and that it is readable.
- Get the name and number of someone you can call if you have any questions.
- Make sure you do not leave any personal items.
Do you have an advocate?
- Keep skin clean and dry
- Change positions often
- Ask for support pillows or mattress