Patient Safety Information
Miriam Hospital is committed to providing excellent patient care. One
part of this commitment is patient safety. You can help us by being
Be a well-informed patient.
Keep track of your medical history, allergies, medications and
any reactions or sensitivities to medications.
Make sure you understand the care and treatment you are
receiving. Ask questions until you feel comfortable that you
understand your plan of care. If you think of questions when
your nurse or doctor is not present, write them down so that you
can ask them at a later time.
Ask for information about your medications. Understand what your
medications are, what they do and what side effects they might
Make sure you understand your discharge instructions.
Be an active part of your health care team.
Give accurate and complete information about your present
complaints, past illnesses, hospitalizations, medications and
other matters related to your health.
If you are having surgery, make sure that you and your surgeon
agree and you are clear on exactly what will be done.
Expect to be asked repeated questions about your name, date of
birth and health information.
Be aware of what is happening.
Make sure all staff check your ID bracelet before any procedure
or test. Make sure our staff check your ID before giving you any
Be aware that hand hygiene is the best way to prevent the spread
of germs.Whether it is old-fashioned hand washing with soap and
water or use of alcohol gel for hand disinfection, you are
welcome to remind staff to do so before examining you or giving
Pay attention! If something does not seem right, call it to the
attention of your nurses or doctors.
Involve a friend or family member in your care. He or she can
help you ask questions and understand care instructions.
If you have any questions or concerns, please call the patient
satisfaction hotline at 401-793-3625.