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Statistics show that close to 100,000 people die every year as a result of preventable medical errors. Here at Howard County General Hospital, patient safety is a top priority and we strive to heighten the safety awareness of our patients, visitors and staff. Visit our Patient Safety and Quality Improvement page to read about the many innovative programs and processes we've put in place to improve the care our patients receive.
The following are helpful tips to ensure that your stay at Howard County General Hospital is a safe and positive experience.
Surgical Invasive Procedures
The site of your procedure should be marked prior to the procedure if the site involves laterality (left or right), multiple structures (fingers, toes or lesions) or multiple levels such as in spine surgery. You will be asked to participate in the site-marking unless the nature of the procedure or your mental status precludes your participation. In that event, family members or significant others may be asked to help.
In compliance with Joint Commission requirements, when patients are admitted to HCGH, when they are admitted for surgery or when they arrive for any invasive procedure, a nurse will provide important patient safety information and will review this information with the patient and his or her family to be certain they fully understand.
Click the document title to download a pdf:
- Patient Safety
- In Surgery Safety Precautions
- In Surgery Infection Control
- Infection Control Measures
- Invasive Procedure Safety Precautions
AlarmsIf an alarm sounds in your room and no one responds, call a staff member to make sure someone is aware of the alarm. Alarms include: IV pumps, cardiac monitors, call lights and bed exit alarms.
All health care givers should wash their hands before and after contact with every patient, even when gloves are worn. Do not be afraid to ask your care givers to wash their hands. Hand washing is the best way to prevent the spread of infection.
Patient Safety Concerns
If at any time, you or your family have questions regarding patient safety, please contact the Quality/Risk Services Department at x7912.
Prevent Patient Falls
Make certain that your care giver is aware if you have any history of falls, either at home or in the hospital. If you are identified to be at high risk for falls, a “fall-prevention” protocol will be followed. We encourage you to use your call light for assistance in getting out of bed. Also, please advise your nurse if you have frequent toileting needs. Do not attempt to get out of bed without first calling your care giver. Click HERE to learn about preventing falls at home.
Helpful Web Sites
- Agency for Health Care Research and Quality
- National Patient Safety Foundation
- The Joint Commission