FOR YOUR SAFETY
As of January 1, 2009 Wetzel County Hospital joins the growing number of hospital in adopting a tobacco-free policy. Tobacco use is prohibited both indoors and outdoors on all properties owned or leased by WCH. Tobacco use is the number one preventable cause of death and disease in this country. WCH is committed to providing a safe, clean and healthy environment for our patients, staff and volunteers. For more information, call 304-455-8114.
Security staff at Wetzel County Hospital monitors the Hospital and all parking areas 8:00pm to 4:00am. If visitors wish to be escorted to their car after dark, they may contact the Emergency Department to request assistance from an officer.
Appliances are not allowed in patient rooms because of electrical safety codes. If you wish to bring personal care devices such as electric razors and hair dryers, these need to be inspected by the Maintenance department. Please ask your nurse to arrange for an inspection.
Providing a safe environment for you and our staff is of utmost importance at Wetzel County Hospital. To prevent the spread of infectious illnesses, you may be asked to wear a mask when leaving the room or to keep your door closed. Signs may be placed on your door to direct visitors to take additional precautions when entering the room. if you have any questions regarding infection control practices, talk to your nurse or call Pam at 304-455-8073.
List of Your Medicines
In order for us to provide the best in patient safety, it will be necessary for you to come to the hospital with a list of all the medicines you take at home. This list needs to include prescription medications your doctor has written for you, medicines that you buy without a prescription, vitamins and any herbal remedies you are taking. This can be a written list of your bottles or medicine.
A Few Safety Tips
- Participate in all decisions about your treatment and care. You should be the center of the team.
- Pay attention to the care you are receiving.
- Ask about your treatments and the time you should receive them.
- Ask about your medications; you have the right to know why you are receiving the medications and when you should receive them.
- If you do not receive your medications when you should, tell your nurse and physician.
- If you receive medication that you do not recognize, ask your nurse before taking the medicine.
- Do not be afraid to tell the nurse or physician if you think you are about to receive the wrong medication, treatment, or procedure.
- Do not hesitate to tell your caregiver if you feel he or she has you confused with another patient.
- Notice whether your caregivers have washed their hands. Hand washing is the best way to prevent spread of infection.
- Make sure your caregivers (nurse and physician) confirm your identity (Name and Date of Birth) before medication or treatments are rendered.
- Expect your caregivers to introduce themselves and look for their identification badge.
- If the caregiver doesn't have a badge on, ask them to put it on.
- If you are having surgery, be sure your surgical site is marked correctly.
- Before getting out of bed, be sure to call the nurse if you are feeling weak, have been in bed for more than 12 hours, or received pain medication. Also, wear shoes or slippers (not socks) to prevent falling.
- If you are accustomed to sleeping on a double bed or larger, request the upper side rails on your hospital bed to be up to prevent you from rolling out of bed.
- Request that your family and visitors wash their hands or not to visit while they are sick. This is the best protection against the spread of infection.
- Gather information about your condition. Ask your physician and nurse for written information regarding medications, diagnosis, and treatments. Thoroughly read all medical information and forms before you sign anything. You have the right to ask for more information before you sign.
- Make sure your physician explains your diagnosis, treatments, and surgical procedures adequately until you understand and are comfortable with the information given you. Don't be afraid to ask for and seek more information or a second opinion when you are unsure of what decision to make. The more information you have about your options the more confident you will be with the decision you make.