Patients & Visitors

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Patient Responsibilities

Your Responsibilities

As a patient, family member, or guardian, you have the right to know all hospital rules and what we expect of you during your hospital stay.

Provide Information

As a patient, family member, or guardian, we ask that you:

  • Provide accurate and complete information about current health care problems, past illnesses, hospitalizations, medications, and other matters relating to your health.
  • Report any condition that puts you at risk (for example, allergies or hearing problems).
  • Report unexpected changes in your condition to the health care professionals taking care of you.
  • Provide a copy of your Advance Directive: Durable Power of Attorney for health care, Living Will, and any organ/tissue donation permissions to the health care professionals taking care of you.
  • Tell us who, if any, visitors you want during your stay.

 Respect and Consideration

As a patient, family member, or guardian, we ask that you:

  • Recognize and respect the rights of other patients, families, and staff. Threats, violence, or harassment of other patients and hospital staff will not be tolerated.
  • Comply with the hospital’s no smoking policy.
  • Refrain from conducting any illegal activity on hospital property. If such activity occurs, it could result in an investigation or a report to the police.

Safety

As a patient, family member, or guardian, we ask that you:

  • Promote your own safety by becoming an active, involved, and informed member of your health care team.
  • Ask questions if you are concerned about your health or safety.
  • Make sure your doctor knows the site/side of the body that will be operated on before a procedure.
  • Remind staff to check your identification before medications are given, blood/blood products are administered, blood samples are taken, or before any procedure.
  • Remind caregivers and visitors to wash their hands when entering and leaving the room.
  • Be informed about which medications you are taking and why you are taking them.
  • Ask all hospital staff to identify themselves.

Refusing Care

As a patient:

You are responsible for your actions if you refuse care or do not follow care instructions.

Charges

As a patient:

  • You are responsible for paying for the health care that you received as promptly as possible.

Cooperation

As a patient:

  • You are expected to follow the care plans suggested by the health care professionals caring for you while in the hospital. You should work with your health care professionals to develop a plan that you will be able to follow while in the hospital and after you leave the hospital.