Saint Vincent Hospital takes the safety and well-being of our patients, visitors and staff very seriously.
To help you understand how we ensure a safe, successful hospital, we’ve included these general safety guidelines for everyone who comes through the doors of Saint Vincent Hospital:
Identification of Patients
All patients must wear an ID bracelet at all times. We use these bands to double-check your identity before we administer any medications or perform any procedures. If at any time you need a new bracelet let your nurse or other staff member know so they can replace it.
All hospital personnel must wear an identification badge, and you may ask to see a staff member’s ID at any time.
Please call for help getting out of bed or your chair. Even if you think you can get up yourself, certain conditions and medications may make you unsteady.
Electrical Appliances and Cellular Phones
Use of personal electrical equipment is prohibited with limited exceptions. Cellular phones are not permitted and should be in the off position, as they could interfere with our equipment.
Smoke Free Environment
Smoking is not permitted in any area of the hospital. Please speak to your nurse or doctor if you’d like help and support to quit smoking.
We strongly advise you to send your belongings home. The hospital is not responsible for lost belongings. If you are unable to send your valuables home, then they may be secured in the hospital safe. Please speak with your nurse for more information.
Dentures and glasses are commonly lost. Helpful hint: never leave dentures or glasses on your meal tray!
Let the staff know of any medications you are taking. This would include prescription medications as well as any herbal and over-the-counter medications. Do not take any medications other than what your nurse gives you. Should you feel that you need a medication that you are not receiving, please ask your nurse.
Don’t be afraid to ask
For your safety, we encourage you to ask the staff any questions you may have about your plan of care, medications, etc.
Hand washing is the single most important way to prevent an infection. All staff must wash their hands prior to any interaction with you. It is important that patients and visitors wash their hands as well.
The members of your health care team promise to clean their hands with soap and water or with alcohol foam before touching you. Please let us know if we have forgotten to clean our hands.