Patient Safety Tips

Patient Safety Tips

Your Safety Is Important to Us. Speak Up to Prevent Errors in Your Care.

What you can do to help us help you:

  • Share your health history with your caregiver (doctor, nurse, or aide). This includes the medications you take, any operations you've had or any allergies you may have. The more your caregiver knows, the more successful your care plan and recovery will be.
  • Don't recognize a medication? Ask the caregiver to check it before you accept it.
  • Don't understand something about your care? If you have questions or concerns about your condition or treatment options, please be sure to ask.
  • Help reduce the risk of infection. Remind caregivers to wash their hands before they care for you. Wash your own hands and keep any wounds clean and dry.

“Understanding Your Caregivers” promotes health literacy

Complex forms, medication instructions and the range of medical professionals who provide care -- occasionally with medical jargon -- can be confusing. If you don't understand, ask questions. The consequences of misunderstanding can be life threatening for you. We encourage you to speak up.

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For information on South Carolina DHEC's Report on Infection Rates in SC Hospitals, click here.

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