At Saint Thomas Health, the safety of our patients has always
been an important priority. Our employees respect the importance
of patient safety and are committed to maintaining a high
standard for safety.
Cell Phone Usage
Cellular telephones may be used in public areas of the hospital,
but should not be used within three feet of any patient care
equipment or in the following patient care areas:
- Special Care
- PODS/Critical Care
- Cath Lab
- Emergency Department
- Medical Imaging
For the safety of our patients, visitors and staff, fire drills
are performed regularly. Visitors may be asked to remain in a
specific area for a short time until the drill is completed.
These activities ensure that our staff responds quickly and
appropriately should a real emergency occur.
Evacuation routes are posted in each room for those who can move
around on their own. Caregivers will provide assistance for those
who have special needs.
Security Officers are available at each hospital to escort
visitors, as necessary, to and from the parking garages.
Patient Safety Tips
Suggestions from your healthcare professionals:
- Openly share your health history with your caregiver - This
includes the medication 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.
- Know how to care for yourself at home - Make sure your
partner in care learns what to do, too.
- Getting Involved With Your Healthcare - The more you know,
the safer your care will be. Click the link below to watch a 5
minute video filled with information that will help your
healthcare experiences be safe.
Medical Information Card
For Your Records - For Your Safety
Click here to download a
Medical Information Card. Use this form as your healthcare
resource for keeping track of your current medications and other
important medical history.