|Patient Safety is a priority and is everyone's responsibility. We must all work together to ensure your safety while at Fleming County Hospital. If you have any concerns about your safety, please contact our Administration office at (606) 849-5001, or ask to speak with a member of our Leadership team to discuss your issues.|
What Can You Do?
- Speak up if you have a question
- Ask a family member to be your advocate
- Educate yourself about your illness
- Be sure you understand your discharge instructions
- Be sure workers verify your name and hospital number prior to any treatments including giving you medications. As wrist band will be plaed on you during the admission process. This band is important and should not be removed.
- Stay with your younger children should they be admitted to the hospital.
- Leave valuables at home as the hospital will not be reponsible if they are lost or stolen
- Do not bring firearms to the hospital
- Follow the no smoking policy. We are a "Tobacco Free" campus.
- Be sure you know all medications that you are taking including the name and what it is for: know the side effects.
- Inform the staff of all medications you are taking including over the counter and herbals.
- Keep a list of your medications in your wallet
- Ask the pharmacist for more information
- Do not take medicines from home unless instructed to by the pharmacist. If you bring your medications with you, be sure to send them home after staff checks them.
- Be sure you have spoken with your health care provider and understand what will happen if you need surgery
- Know the risks and benefits of the procedure
- Be sure you and your healthcare provider agree on what is to be done
- Follow instructions after surgery to help prevent adverse effects such as pneumonia
- Be sure that the healthcare provider providing your care has washed his or her hands. It's good to ask. Good hand washing can prevent most infections, and is the single most important way to prevent the spread of infection. Waterless hand cleaners are also appropriate, effectively killing germs that can be spread by touch.
- Ask your healthcare provider about cleaning, disinfecting and sterilizing equipment
- Wash your hands before handling food and after using the bathroom, blowing your nose, changing diapers, handling pets or taking care of someone who is sick
- Be sure objects are in your reach if you are not able to get up
- If you feel weak/dizzy or when you need assistance, please use your call light.