Carolinas HealthCare System

Patient Safety

When you are admitted into the hospital, you and the hospital staff work together so we can lower your risk for injury and provide you with a safe stay.

Patient Identification

When you are admitted, you will have a patient identification armband placed on your arm. Staff will use the patient identification armband to check your identity before giving medicines or treatments. Please make sure your name and date of birth on your armband are correct. You will wear the armband until you are discharged from the hospital.

Staff Identification

Staff and volunteers are required to wear a photo identification badge at all times. Please feel free to ask for identification if someone without a badge enters your room.

Hand Hygiene

Hand washing is one of the best ways to prevent the spread of infection and is an important part of your care. Employees wash their hands and use foam soap in between patients. Staff also uses protective equipment such as gloves for everyone's safety. Remember, as the patient, it is important that you wash your hands as well. Your family and friends should wash their hands before touching you.

Preventing Falls

Your safety is as important as your health. Your illness, surgery, or the medications you are receiving may cause you to be unsteady. Every patient is assessed for their risk for falls. If you are at risk, the nurse will place a purple armband on your wrist. This will notify the healthcare team you are at risk for falling.

  • Please ask for help when you want to stand or get out of bed.
  • If you do get out of bed, always wear nonskid slippers and move slowly.
  • Keep your call bell within reach.

Medication Safety

You are an important member of the healthcare team. A medicine history is an important part of your care in the hospital. You will be asked about the medicines that you take (prescription/nonprescription). Tell the doctor or nurse about any allergies you may have. For your safety, we ask that you do not take any medications you have brought from home. These medicines might interfere with your treatment or a test your doctor has ordered.

Before you leave the hospital, be sure you understand what medicines you are to take at home. Know the name and reason you are taking it, and how to take it. Read the label carefully. Make sure the drug you received is the drug your doctor prescribed.

Preventing Infections of Surgical Site

When you arrive home, there are several things you can do to prevent surgical site infections. A surgical site infection is an infection that happens after surgery in the area of the body where the surgery occurred. Most patients who undergo surgery do not develop an infection after surgery. In fact, only one to three patients out of every 100 develop an infection.

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