Hospital Patient Safety
It is estimated that one in ten hospital patients will acquire an infection while staying in the hospital. This program looks at what hospitals are doing to keep infection to a minimum. Specifically highlighted is methicillin-resistant staph aureus, or MRSA, and the steps being taken to fight MRSA infections. We'll also explore what patients can do to decrease their risk of hospital-acquired infections including proper hand washing and sanitizing.
Patients are often presented with a variety of treatments, medications and procedures that can be complicated and sometimes difficult to understand, both in terms of the expected result, but also in terms of possible side effects. One of the best ways to overcome this challenge is for patients to ask a lot of questions of their healthcare providers, so they can make the most-informed decisions for their own care. Patients can also play an important role in preventing infections while they are in the hospital.
When patients become actively involved in their own health care, there's a stronger likelihood they will understand their health condition and their medical instructions, which can lead to safer care and better health outcomes. 'Questions Are the Answer' features real-life patients and their clinicians who give first-hand accounts on the importance of effective two-way communication by asking questions and sharing information.
Unfamiliar hospital environments, medications that may be new, having just given birth, or dealing with a medical condition that may make them weak or unsteady are all reasons why patients might be considered at risk for falling in the hospital. Learn how healthcare facilities decide if someone is a fall risk, the steps that may be taken to prevent falls and some tips that patients can follow to keep themselves safe while they are in the hospital.
Your healthcare team works hard to make sure you are safe during your hospital stay. But hospitalization can increase your risk of having a serious fall. Your room may be unfamiliar, and your personal items hard to manage. You may be taking medications that cause you to feel dizzy or lightheaded. And your body may be weak from an illness or surgery. It's important to follow these safety tips to make sure you don't injure yourself during your stay.