As a senior patient, it is important to take the necessary steps to ensure a safe hospital stay. With the COVID-19 pandemic, wearing masks has become mandatory in all UPMC hospitals and doctor's office buildings. All patients, visitors, and staff must wear a mask that covers their nose and mouth, even if they are fully vaccinated. It is also important to involve patients in their care, encourage their satisfaction, and listen to them in order to support patient safety initiatives. It is also important for doctors to ensure that patients and their caregivers are well informed about their care.
This can help prevent medical errors from going unnoticed. Clean hands are essential in reducing the spread of germs. Anyone who visits should wash their hands with soap and water or use hand sanitizer. Additionally, if catheters or intravenous lines are needed, it is important to periodically ask if they can be removed as they can become a risk of infection. By following these steps, seniors can ensure a safe hospital stay.
It is important to speak up if you are in pain and make sure that everyone involved in your care is aware of your needs. Additionally, it is important to keep your hands clean and ask questions about any medical equipment that is being used.