Good hand hygiene is the number one defense against passing infections. All members of your care team will wash their hands with soap and water or use a liquid hand sanitizer when they come into your room and before coming to your bedside.
Hospital staff will ask you or check your wristband to confirm your name and date of birth. This may occur if you are having lab work or tests done, receiving medications, or before transport to other areas of the hospital.
For your protection, the hospital conducts fire and other safety drills regularly. If a drill occurs while you are here, please remain in your room and do not become alarmed.
While you are in the hospital, your doctor will order all of the medications you take, the hospital pharmacy will handle the order, and your nurse will give you the medications. For your safety, this includes medications you may be taking prior to your admission.
Please tell your doctor or nurse if you are taking any medications, vitamins, herbal supplements or natural remedies. Herbal and/or natural products will not continue during your hospital stay.
It is also important to let us know if you have any known drug or latex allergies.
Some rooms, such as those in our Women and Infants Unit, have personal-size refrigerators for your use. The refrigerator has been preset to a safe temperature for food. If you have questions or concerns about this or other equipment in the room, please ask one of your caregivers.
We offer a special program to help protect our patients from injuries and other problems that may occur from a fall. You may be placed in that program if you have:
The prevention of health care associated infections is a top priority at HSHS St. Nicholas Hospital. Hand hygiene, gloves, protective apparel, isolation precautions, cleaning, disinfection, and sterilization of equipment are some of the techniques we use to ensure a safe patient environment. We call these techniques “standard precautions” and practice them throughout the hospital. You can also help protect yourself or your family member while receiving medical care.
For the health and safety of our patients, guests and staff, our hospital is tobacco-free. Smoking is not allowed anywhere on our hospital campus or properties.
The hospital is not responsible for lost or stolen property, so we ask that you leave your valuables, such as jewelry at home. If you do bring a valuable item to the hospital, we will put it in the hospital safe for you.
"Start by doing what’s necessary; then do what’s possible; and suddenly you are doing the impossible."
St. Francis of Assisi