Patient safety is and has always been one of the basic tenets of medical practice. At Mount Nittany Health Surgical Center, our physicians and healthcare professionals partner with you to keep you safe, provide the highest quality care and avoid medical errors.
As part of that commitment, we have implemented a patient safety plan so our staff can maximize patient safety. The plan is guided by a dedicated patient safety officer and patient safety committee that pro-actively examine, monitor and implement all safety measures used by the Surgical Center.
Additionally, there are many ways you can help promote your safety and minimize the chance of medical errors.
- Talk to your healthcare providers. Tell them about your health. Ask them any questions you have. If you don't understand something, ask for clarification.
- If you are admitted to a medical facility, take a complete list of your medications with you and show it to your physician and your nurse. This will help them make sure that any new medication will not cause problems with ones you already take.
- Tell your physician if you have any allergies and tell him or her about any problems that your medications have caused, such as a rash or stomachache.
- Do not tamper with any equipment in your room. If you have questions or concerns about this equipment, call for a nurse.
- If you have been cautioned not to get out of bed without assistance, please follow these instructions; they are meant to help protect you from falling and possibly suffering a serious injury.
- When you pick up your medicine at the drug store, make sure that it is what your physician ordered. If you have any questions about your prescription, ask the pharmacist before you leave the drug store.