At KishHealth System, the safety of our patients, employees and visitors is a top priority. Every day we check and double check the hundreds of items necessary to deliver high quality care. In addition to our routine safety checks, we continually examine our procedures, looking for ways of doing things better and more safely.
Numerous safety activities are in place and occur daily at KishHealth System hospitals, including:
- A rapid response system is available for anyone (staff, patients, families) to call if they are concerned about a patient. The system brings skilled caregivers immediately to the patient’s side to assess and manage the concern
- Medications are scrutinized to make sure they are administered to the right patient and will not interact with other medications
- Each patient is assessed daily for many safety risks. For example, fall risk is monitored and extra safety measures are taken for patients at high risk of falling
- Procedures ensure correct patient identification, surgeries are happening as planned, medications are being given as ordered, and medical equipment is functioning correctly
- Investments in technology enhance patient safety , through processes such as bedside medication verification, low dose radiation X-ray capabilities and technology enhanced monitoring of patient safety alerts
"Staying Safe in the Hospital" - adapted from Community Medical Foundation for Public Safety
KishHealth System is pleased to comply with the Illinois Hospital Report Card Act. To request nurse staffing information, please obtain a request form from the Health Information Management Department during normal business hours or from the Hospital Supervisor when the Health Information Management Department is closed.
Patient's Role in Hospital Safety
The consumer also has a role in maintaining safety both at home and in the hospital. When in the hospital, safety basics include:
- Using your call light when needing assistance. If staff asks that you not walk without assistance, it is for your safety. Medications and other treatments received while hospitalized can affect your balance and strength without you realizing so.
- Asking questions when you don’t understand something
- Knowing what medications you are taking and the procedures you will be having
- Speaking up if you feel that something is not right
- Checking for your caregiver’s identification badge
- Following directions
- Not smoking. If you are a smoker, we can provide you with information to help you make a decision about quitting
Safety at Home
According to a recent study conducted by the Home Safety Council, 5.6 million injuries and thousands of fatalities resulted from slips and falls in the home during the year studied. Simple ways to maintain safety at home include:
- Securing a hand-rail or banister on all stairs
- Lighting all porches, hallways and stairwells
- Keeping stairs and floor space clear of any items including cords and throw rugs
- Promptly cleaning up any spilled liquids or grease
- Wearing sturdy and appropriate footwear both indoors and outside. In homes with young
- children, use safety gates at the top and bottom of stairs as well as window guards to prevent falls
- Using non-slip mats or safety adhesives in the tub and shower. Installing grab bars in the shower and tub will make bathing safer
- Assuring there is no smoking when oxygen is present in the home
- Following your medication dosages closely. Using medications incorrectly may lead to dizziness, weakness and other side effects. These can all lead to a dangerous fall or other injuries. Check with your physician if you are taking multiple medications and are concerned about your safety
Patient's Role in Medication Therapy
As the patient, you play an important role in your medication therapy. Never hesitate to ask questions concerning your medications. You will have the best results from your medication if you take it as instructed by your physician and pharmacist. You should ask your physician and/or pharmacist the following questions when a new medication has been prescribed:
- What is the name and strength of the medication?
- Which medical condition(s) is the medication for?
- How should I take the medication?
- What are the common side effects of the medication?
- Can my prescription be refilled and if so how many times?
- Is it safe to drink alcoholic beverages with the medication?
- What should I do if I miss a dose?
- How should the medication be stored?
- Is a generic brand of the medication available?
- Does the medication interact with over-the-counter drug products that I have at home or other prescription medications I am taking?