• Patient Safety

    IMG_9551The staff at Sage Memorial Hospital is committed to the health and safety of all its patients. Please read and follow the information below to ensure your visit to our hospital campus is as pleasant and safe as possible.

    Infection Control

    • Clean your hands often with warm soapy water or alcohol-based hand sanitizers.
    • This is especially important before touching or eating food, after using the bathroom, changing diapers, playing with pets, taking out trash, or visiting someone who is ill.
    • Cover your nose and mouth when sneezing or coughing.
    • Ask your health care provider if they have washed their hands, or ask them to put on gloves.
    • Avoid close contact with others if you are sick.
    • Get shots to avoid disease and fight the spread of infection.

    Medication Safety

    Tell your doctor or pharmacist any and all medications you currently take. These include:

    • Prescription medicines
    • Over-the-counter medicines (ex. Aspirin)
    • Vitamins
    • Herbs
    • Dietary supplements
    • Natural remedies
    • Amount of alcohol you drink each day or week
    • Recreational drugs
    • Ask your doctor or pharmacist how the medication they are prescribing will help you.
    • Ask if there are any side effects for the medicine.
    • Ask what the specific instructions are and how often you can take a dose of the medicine.
    • Ask if the medicine is safe to take with vitamins, herbs, or supplements you are taking.
    • Ask if it is safe to drink alcohol with the medicine.
    • Do you need to swallow or chew the medicine?
    • Should you avoid any specific food or drinks while taking this medication?
    • Can you stop taking the medicine as soon as you feel better? Or do you need to take it until it’s gone?
    • Ask what other names the medication goes by; does it have a brand or generic name?
    • Is there any written information about the medicine?
    • If you have allergies, remind your doctor and ask if this medication will cause any problems.
    • Read the label. Make sure the medication has your name on it and the right medicine name.
    • Make sure you understand all of the instructions for your medicines. If you don’t understand, don’t be afraid to ask.
    • If you have doubts about the medicine, express those concerns to the doctor, pharmacist, or caregiver.

    Sage Memorial Hospital strives to provide the highest level of patient safety. If you feel your safety has been compromised, please let us know so the situation can be amended. If you feel the situation requires further attention, click here to file an incident with the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations.