One of the most important things you can do to get the best results from your healthcare providers is be involved. Research shows that patients who are involved with their care tend to get better results.
That means taking part in every decision about your healthcare. We will provide you and your family with safe and effective care. Please feel free to talk with your caregiver, charge nurse, or nurse manager if you have questions or concerns. You may also call our Patient Advocate at (618) 232-3134.
F.A.N.S. Club/Fall Prevention Program
Prevention of injuries and falls is an important goal of our team. We need your assistance in reaching this goal. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (2009), nearly one third of older adults fall annually. Your continued good health and independence are successful outcomes of our working together, as a team, to prevent falls and injuries.
Memorial’s F.A.N.S. Club is a program put in place to help prevent accidents such as these. The F.A.N.S. Club promotes fall prevention with the following:
F Firm arm-in-arm grip when walking.
A Alarm on bed always on.
N Never leave up and alone.
S Speak to friends and family about safety.
- Push your call button:
- For assistance getting out of bed or up from your chair.
- For assistance to and from the commode or bathroom. Please wait for assistance.
- Immediately for pain control.
- For any personal assistance needed.
- Let the nurse or patient care tech know when your family is leaving for the day.
- Always wear anti-slip footwear.
- Let the staff know if you are feeling dizzy, confused, or unsteady on your feet.
- Respond promptly to your call button.
- Assist you to and from the commode and bathroom with a firm arm-in-arm grip. Please wait for assistance.
- Remain within arm’s reach while toileting.
- Place your bed/chair alarm on, lock the bed wheels, keep the bed in a low position, and ensure the upper rails are up.
- Assist you to and from your bed and chair. Please wait for assistance.
- Assist you in turning every two hours as needed to prevent skin injuries.
- Put your call button, water, and personal items within easy reach.
- Round every 1-2 hours and ask if you need to use the bathroom, be repositioned, or need anything for pain.
- Begin a regular exercise program.
- Request your healthcare provider review your medications.
- Ensure adequate lighting.
- Remove tripping hazards such as area rugs.
For more information on the F.A.N.S. Club program, please contact the nursing staff.
Take Medication(s) Safely
- Make sure your nurse knows about any allergies and adverse reactions you have to medicine. This will help you avoid getting medication that may harm you. You also should have a red ID band indicating you are allergic to a specific medication or food.
- After showing the medications you currently take to the nurse upon admission, please have a family member take the medicine home.
- Medications that you were taking at home should not be taken while in the hospital, unless your doctor is aware and has approved you to do so.
- Tell the nurse about any over-the-counter medications or herbs you take at home, as they may interfere with other medications.
- Show the nurse your ID band before he/she gives you medication.
- If you have a question about a medication the nurse is giving you, please ask.
The more you know about your medication, the better you are able to care for yourself. We encourage your questions.
Help Prevent Infections
Another important hospital safety consideration is the prevention of infections. Infections can occur due to the transmission of bacteria from people or the environment, the placement of invasive lines, or the performance of medical procedures or surgery. You, as a patient, are part of the healthcare team and can help prevent infections from developing by doing the following:
- Wash your hands frequently, especially after using the bathroom. Hand wipes are available to place at your bedside. Ask any staff member for them. Encourage family members and Memorial staff to clean their hands prior to and following a visit with you. It is okay to ask our staff to clean their hands. Cleaning hands is the most effective way to prevent infections!
- If you have any type of invasive “line” placed, such as a catheter into a vein (IV) or a foley catheter into your bladder to drain urine, ask that it be removed as soon as possible. Removing these as soon as possible prevents infections.
- If you have any dressings, keep them clean and dry. If the dressings become soiled, tell a nurse, so they can be changed.
- If you have a surgical procedure, follow your surgeon’s instructions when going home. Keep the area clean and dry, and care for the dressing as instructed.
- Some illnesses require additional precautions and require the isolation of a patient. If needed, an isolation sign will be placed outside your room. It does not list your illness, but tells visitors and staff about the precautions they must take. All persons (staff, physicians, family/visitors) are required to wear gown, gloves, and/or mask when entering your room.
- Smoking, being overweight, and having diabetes all increase your risk of developing an infection. Talk with your doctor for information about dealing with these risks.
There is an Infection Preventionist available at Memorial to speak with you about infection concerns. You may call 618-607-3466 Monday-Friday or ask one of your caregivers to call.