Partner with Us for a Safer Visit
At Vanderbilt, keeping you safe is our top priority. We want you to partner with us. You play a vital role by:
- Asking questions.
- Keeping us informed about your condition.
- Being aware of good safety practices.
Tips for Hospital Stays
Prepare for your visit by:
- Learning as much as you can about your illness, procedure or test.
- Verifying with your doctor's office when you are to be admitted and where you should park.
- Learning about choices to be made in your treatment plan, so you can make the best decisions.
- Making a list of all your current medications, including over-the-counter products and dietary or herbal supplements.
- Checking to see that your immunizations and vaccinations are up-to-date.
What to bring:
- A list of all your current medications
- A trusted friend or family member to act as your advocate
- A list of any questions you have to ask your provider or caregiver
- Personal items such as toiletries
- A description of any pain you are having
During your hospital stay:
- Ask questions. For example: Who is my attending physician?, How much pain can I expect?, How will you control my pain?, When can I get out of bed?, When do I take my medications?, How can I speed up my recovery?, What can my family do to help?
- Provide any information that you feel may be important.
- Let us know any allergies or sensitivies you may have.
- Ask everyone who enters your room to wash their hands.
- Ask every person to identify himself or herself when they enter your room.
- Ask questions about medications before they are given to you.
- Make sure your nurse or caregiver checks your armband before giving you medicines.
- Report anything unusual to your doctor, such as any changes in your condition.
- If you feel that something is "just not right" or there is a medical emergency, call 1-1111 for the Rapid Response Team and notify your nurse.
Before you leave:
- Make sure you understand your discharge instructions. To make sure you understand, repeat back the verbal instructions.
- Make sure you understand any written information and that it is readable.
- Get the name and number of someone you can call if you have any questions.
- Make sure you do not leave personal items.
Tips for Clinic Visits
Before your appointment:
- Confirm the date and time of your appointment with your provider's office.
- Make a list of all the medicines you take including over-the-counter products and herbal supplements.
- Make a list of symptoms, concerns or questions to ask your provider.
- Review parking information if this is your first visit.
Bring with you:
- A list of current medications including over-the-counter products and herbal supplements
- A list of concerns or questions you wish to ask your provider
- A trusted friend or family member may be helpful in jotting down information or keeping up with your belongings if you have a test done
- Any lab or test results you've been asked to bring.
At your appointment:
- Provide accurate information about your health history and symptoms
- Know how to describe any pain you are having. Download a tip sheet for help describing your pain (PDF).
- Let us know if you have any allergies or sensitivities to products
- Ask questions
- Make notes of the answers to your questions
Before you leave:
- Gather instructions for follow-up appointment, lab test or procedure.
- Ask questions about anything you do not understand
- If you need a prescription filled, ask directions to the pharmacy.
- If you haven't done so, sign up for My Health at Vanderbilt.
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