Your Health and Safety

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Our staff is committed to making the hospital a safe and healing environment. We ask that you and your visitors help us observe the following health and safety guidelines.

  • Identify Yourself. Please wear your identification bracelet at all times during your hospital stay. Expect it to be checked before you are given blood or medicines or have any procedures performed.
     
  • No Smoking. Smoking is not permitted anywhere in the hospital. There is a designated smoking area near Linden
    Avenue, in the Linden Circle. If you are a smoker and wish to quit, speak with your nurse or doctor about available options.
     
  • Observe Cell Phone Restrictions. Cell phones can interfere with the operation of electronic equipment in the hospital. Please read and follow all posted signs in the hospital regarding restrictions on the use of cell phones.
     
  • Please Leave Electrical Equipment at Home. To help ensure the safety of all patients, families and staff, it is important that only hospital-inspected electrical equipment be used at Emory University Hospital. Therefore, we ask you to please not bring any personal electrical equipment with you to the hospital. This includes: coffee makers, space heaters, mug warmers, etc. If you accidentally pack one of these items, we will ask a family member to take it home for you. If that is not possible, we will hold the item for you until you are discharged.

Participating in Your Care

The questions you and your family have are important and should be shared with members of your health care team. We encourage you and your family to discuss your treatment plan with your doctor and nurses, and make sure you and your family understand and agree with it. We hope you will ask questions about treatment options and risks, medications, the identity of any hospital staff member, or anything else you are concerned about.

Other things we hope you will not hesitate to do:

  • If you do not understand something, ask to be told again.
  • If you need interpretation services, ask for them.
  • Write down your questions so that you will have them ready when you see your doctor.
  • Do not be afraid to ask for a second opinion.
  • Ask a family member or trusted friend to help you ask questions, remember information when you are not feeling well, and help you make informed choices about your care.
  • If you have a problem or concern, bring it to the immediate attention of your caregivers. If the matter is not resolved to your satisfaction, ask to speak to a charge nurse, nursing supervisor or patient relations representative.

Preventing the Spread of Germs

  • At times, health care workers wear gloves, gowns or aprons, and masks. These items protect you as well as the caregiver.
  • Hand washing is the best way to prevent the spread of germs. Wash your hands with soap and water for 15 seconds, or use the available alcohol gel product in your room. Remind staff members to wash their hands or put gloves on before providing your care.
  • Ask your friends and family not to visit if they are ill. Ask them to use public restrooms rather than yours. Encourage them to wash their hands before entering and leaving your room.

Preventing Falls

You may be feeling weak or ill during your stay. Here are some tips for preventing falls:

  • Wear the nonskid slippers or nonskid socks provided by the hospital when you walk.
  • Follow your doctor’s or nurse’s instructions about whether you may get up by yourself and always notify your nurse before leaving the unit.
  • Always call for help if you feel dizzy or weak.
  • Make sure your personal belongings are within your reach and that your room is free of clutter.
  • Bedrails help prevent falls and are used after pain medication is given or to remind you to call for help when you need to get up. Speak to your nurse about your
    concerns or options.

Medicine Safety

  • Tell your nurses and doctors about all the medicine you are taking, including prescriptions, over-the-counter medicines, vitamins and herbal products, and about any allergies you have had to medicines in the past. Do not bring medications with you to the hospital.
  • Look at all medicines before you take them. If you do not recognize a medicine, let your nurse know.
  • Pay attention to the time of day you usually receive your medicine and tell your doctor or nurse if you do not receive it.
  • Ask your doctor, nurse or pharmacist about new medicines: what they are, what they do, when they are given, if there are any special instructions for taking them, and what side effects should be expected or reported.

security at Emory University Hospital Midtown in Atlanta, GA

Fire Safety

We conduct regular fire drills for our staffmembers. If you hear a fire alarm, remain calmand stay in your room. The staff will care for your needs during this time.

Security

Uniformed security officers are on hand to protect and serve you around the clock. If at any time you feel concerned about your personal safety, please report your concern to your nurse or any hospital staff member.


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