United in Safety

United in Safety graphicAt Duke Regional Hospital, safety is always our priority. Every day members of your care team—from nurses and physicians to environmental and foodservice staff—work together to provide a safe environment for healing.

We need your help, too. Our patients and their loved ones play important roles in preventing harm. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention list 10 ways to be a safe patient including

  • Speak up. Talk with your care givers if you have questions about your care, such as what medications you need to take and how often.
  • Wash your hands often. Hand hygiene can prevent the spread of germs and illness. If you do not see members of your care team wash their hands, ask them to do so.
  • Be careful with medications. Follow the directions provided by your care givers. To avoid harmful drug interactions, tell your physician about all the medicines you take.
  • Make sure your immunizations and vaccinations are up to date.

Do you know what kind of patient you are? Take the Smart Patient Quiz to find out and learn ways you can be a smarter, safer patient.

Remember: You are an important member of your care team, and you have an critical role in preventing harm. Today—and every day—we are “united in safety.”

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