YOUR RIGHT TO PAIN MANAGEMENT
Controlling pain is an important part of your treatment. If your doctor has ordered pain relief care, you have a right to know everything about your pain and what your patient care team plans to do to help you feel better. You also have a right to caring, concerned caregivers who take action when you have pain, use the most current pain relief tools and, most importantly, are committed to helping stop and ease your pain.
As a patient, we encourage you to:
Facts about pain and medication
Numeric Pain Intensity Scale
Your patient care team members will often ask you to rate your pain using the Pain Intensity Scale (seen below), which ranges from 0 (no pain) to 10 (worst pain). This valuable tool can help your caregivers better understand how much pain you’re feeling.
Remember, in order to keep pain below the moderate to severe range don’t wait until the pain gets stronger before asking for help. The nurses will give you pain medicine as ordered by your doctor. If you don’t feel better or are having side effects, please tell a member of your care team so that they can help you feel better.
INFECTION PREVENTION AND CONTROL
At SMHC, we are fully committed to the national patient safety goal of lowering the chance of getting an infection during your hospital stay. If you have any questions about stopping infection, or if you’d like to speak with our Infection Control Practitioner, please let your
We Do Many Things To Stop Infections
To prevent the spread of germs, we follow the nationally-approved “Standard Precautions.” These steps protect everyone and include: keeping hands clean; wearing protective clothing such as gloves, masks, eye protection and gowns (when applicable); and cleaning equipment.
There are some infections and germs that require special precautions. If you have one of these types of infections, we will take additional steps to prevent the spread of germs. These may include:
Keeping hands clean is one of the best ways to stop the spread of germs and infection. This can include either washing hands with soap and water or using an alcohol-based hand sanitizer. You’ll find hand sanitizers in your room, which are available for your use, your guests’ use and for staff use. Of course, your caregivers must clean their hands before giving care to you. It is also important for you to clean your hands whenever you leave your room and when you return; before eating or taking medicine; and after using the bathroom, bedpan or commode. Your guests should clean their hands before and after visiting you as well.
Cover Your Cough
Stopping germs from spreading when coughing or sneezing is another important infection control measure. Be sure to cough or sneeze into a tissue, then throw the used tissue away and clean your hands. If you do not have tissues, cough or sneeze into your elbow so that you don’t get germs on your hands.
Getting Your Shots
Have you had the vaccines or booster shots you need to protect against infection? It’s important for your health and protection that they are up-to-date. Did you know, for example, that there are vaccines that can protect you from becoming seriously ill with the influenza (flu) or pneumonia? Talk with your doctor about these vaccinations.
SAFE PATIENT HANDLING PROGRAM
The Safe Patient Handling Program was put into place to ensure the safety of our patients and employees while moving patients from one location to another, such as from their bed to a chair or transporting them for a test or procedure.
The following tools are available for staff to use to be sure you and the staff are safe when you are moved:
GETTING READY TO GO HOME
Before you leave, please make sure you have all of your belongings with you. If you’d like, someone will take you by wheelchair to the Main Entrance and stay with you until your ride arrives. If you need a taxi or private ambulance service, your nurse will make the arrangements for you. If friends or relatives are picking you up by car, please ask them to park in the Visitor Parking Lot until you are ready to leave the hospital. Cars may not be left unattended in front of the Main Entrance, as it is a Fire Lane.
Make sure that you have: