Your Involvement Improves Your Care
It is a simple idea, and it makes sense. The more involved you are as a patient the better your outcomes will be.
Everyone has a role in making healthcare safe – physicians, healthcare executives, nurses and technicians. Healthcare organizations across the country are working to make healthcare safety a priority. You, as the patient, can also play a vital role in making your care safe by becoming an active, involved and informed member of your healthcare team. An Institute of Medicine (IOM) report has identified the occurrence of medical errors as a serious problem in the healthcare system. The IOM recommends, among other things, that a combined effort be made to improve the public’s awareness of the problem.
Moberly Regional urges patients to get involved in their care. Such efforts to increase consumer awareness and involvement are supported by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. This initiative provides simple advice on how you, as the patient, can make your care a positive experience. After all, research shows that patients who take part in decisions about their healthcare are more likely to have better outcomes.
For Your Safety
Hospital personnel are able to handle all types of emergencies. However, we ask for your cooperation in our safety program by complying with the following:
Use the nurse call button whenever you need assistance. Please do not attempt to get out of bed or into a wheelchair unassisted unless you have been authorized to do so.
- Wear slippers with soles instead of booties or socks to prevent slipping. MRMC's Fall-Reduction program includes identifying patients who are at a high risk for falls with a yellow armband and a "LAMP" magnet on their hospital room door. The LAMP stands for "look at me please", which reminds all staff to provide a safe environment for the patient.
- Bedrails are not used at MRMC as a means to prevent falls. However, one side of the bedrail or the upper half may be used to help prevent a fall, for grounding yourself prior to transfers, or bed mobility exercises.
MRMC enforces strict Infection Control measures. Gowns, goggles, gloves and masks are used for some procedures.
Steps are taken to reduce the risk of health care associated infections by complying with the Center for Disease Control Hand Hygiene Guidelines. There are alcohol-based hand santitizers available in all patient care areas.
Fire and disaster drills are held periodically in order to prepare hospital personnel for any emergency. The nurse will advise you on the procedure that must be followed.
MRMC is a smoke-free campus.
All patients will be identified by two patient identifiers prior to administering medications, taking blood samples or performing a procedure.
It is the philosophy at MRMC to encourage independence to all patients. Each patient has the right to be free from restraints of any form that are not medically necessary or used as a means of coercion, discipline, convenience, or retaliation by staff. The term "restraint" includes any method, manual or by the use of equipment, that restricts freedom of movement. It is our goal to provide each patient with the least restrictive environment needed to improve his/her well-being.