Keeping our patients safe and secure is our top priority. Here
are some things you can do to help ensure you get safe and
- Learn about your diagnosis, medical
tests that are ordered and your treatment plan. Resources include
the nursing staff and/or your physician, the library, respected
websites and support groups.
- Communicate information about your
health as accurately and concisely as possible. Write down
questions and important information to discuss.
- Expect health care workers to
introduce themselves when they enter your room and look for their
identification badges. If you are unsure, ask.
- Ask questions if you have concerns
or if you have been given information you don't understand.
- During your hospitalization, make
sure your nurse or doctor checks your wristband or asks your name
before administering medication or treatment. Ask if you are
expecting a medication or treatment and you don't receive it.
- Notice whether your caregivers have
washed their hands. Hand washing is the most important way to
prevent spreading infections. Don't be afraid to ask a doctor or
nurse to wash his or her hands before caring for you.
- Ask a family member or friend to be
your advocate. This person:
- Should understand your preferences
for care and if you have an advanced directive or other legal
document stating your wishes.
- Can help you get information to
speak up for you if you cannot do so.
- May function as a liaison between
your physician and your family/friends to facilitate
Infection Control For Patients
- WMMC cares about preventing and controlling infections in our
patients. The following are some ways you, as a patient, can help
in avoiding the spread of germs and help keep yourself healthy:
- Washing your hands with soap and
water or disinfecting with alcohol gel is the best way to prevent
the transmission of germs that can cause infection.
- Ask your family members/visitors or
nursing-care providers to help wash your hands when they are
- Use the towelettes provided to you
with your dietary plate to clean your hands before and after you
- Cover your mouth or nose with a
tissue when you cough or sneeze. Tissues are available to you,
just ask your nursing-care provider.
- Avoid touching any open wounds.
Wounds provide for easy entry of germs into our bodies, causing
Participating in your care by taking these steps can help
minimize the risk of obtaining an infection. For more
information, contact Infection Control at (323) 307-8908.