For Your Safety & Security
RWJ Hamilton is committed to providing a safe environment for our patients. Please help us to achieve a safe environment by playing an active role in your care. Please read this information and share it with your family.
Your identification band is the safest way for our healthcare team to establish proper ID of all our patients. The wrist identification band that you receive upon admission should not be removed during your stay. The ID band provides positive identification to all those who serve you and acts as a safeguard for your protection.
Please check that the information on the band is correct, and show this bracelet to the nurse or therapist each time you take a test, drug, or procedure.
Inform your nurse of any allergies or reactions you have experienced in the past. You will be provided with a red wristband if you have known allergies to medications or products to be avoided.
All medications you take while you are in the hospital are prescribed by your doctor, dispensed by the hospital pharmacy and administered by a nurse. Patients are generally not permitted to administer their own drugs or keep personal medications at their bedside. We encourage you to ask questions and raise concerns about medications you receive. Our nursing staff will check your identification wristband as verification that you are receiving the correct drug. Become familiar with the medications you are receiving or need to receive. Question the nurse as to the name of the drug and why you are receiving it. Ask if there are any side effects to expect. We are more than happy to keep you informed.
If you’re having surgery, procedures are in place to be sure your operation is performed on the correct site. As a double precaution, the procedure site will be marked in advance. When appropriate, your physician may order surgical infection prevention measures including: medications to prevent infection (antibiotics), clipping hair prior to surgery, and blood thinning medications and/or special stockings that promote circulation and prevent blood clots. Alert your healthcare provider for any of the following:
When being discharged from the hospital, ask your doctor or health professional to thoroughly explain the treatment plan you will follow at home, your medications and your follow-up visit to the office if necessary. Most important, never hesitate to ask questions or raise your concerns. Your participation helps us provide excellent service to meet the needs of our patients.