Your Safety

A Partnership for Patient Safety

To offer the highest quality of care, we want you to know that your safety is a priority. Studies show that patients who are involved in their care tend to recover quicker. By working together with your health care team you can lower your risk of injury and make your stay safer. St. Croix Regional Medical Center promotes patient involvement in their care and encourages you to speak up if you have any concerns.

Infection Control and Hand Hygiene

“The single best way to control hospital infections is by hand washing.”

Clean hands are key to preventing infection and the spread of disease. At SCRMC, we follow hand hygiene recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Prevention. You and your visitors also play a key role in the prevention of infection and the spread of disease. Remember to wash your hands before and after eating, after using the bathroom, and after sneezing or coughing. Your health care provider, nurse, or any staff caring for you can answer questions about hand washing and other infection control concerns.

Preventing Falls

In a hospital setting, people are at a higher risk for falls. Illness, surgery and medicines can weaken or affect your balance and judgment. Also, medical equipment and the unfamiliar environments can make moving around more difficult. We are committed to keeping you safe from injury during your stay.

During your stay we will:
• Assess you for your risk of falling when you are admitted and as your condition changes.
• Determine what measures should be taken to try to prevent a fall while you are in the hospital, and share this information with other staff involved in your care.
• Show you how to use your call bell and remind you when to call for help.
• Respond to your calls for assistance in a timely manner.
• Assist you with getting in and out of bed and using the restroom as needed.
• Provide you with safe footwear and any recommended equipment (such as a walker or bedside commode that will make it safer for you to move about.
• Make sure the call bell and other needed items are within reach before staff leaves you.

We ask you or a loved one to:
• Tell your nurse if you have a history of falls.
• Use the call bell before attempting to get out of bed, and wait for staff to come and help you.
• Wear non-skid footwear and use equipment that has been provided for your safety.
• Make sure the call bell and other needed items are within reach before family or staff leaves your room.

Fire Drills

For your protection, the hospital conducts fire and disaster drills regularly. If a drill occurs while you are here, please remain in your room and do not become alarmed. The medicall is a fire-resistant building, and the staff is trained in fire protection and evacuation procedures.

Medications

All medications you take while in the hospital are prescribed by your provider, dispensed by the hospital pharmacy and administered by a nurse. Please talk to the hospital pharmacist, nurse, or provider if you have any medication related concerns during your stay

Security

St. Croix Regional Medical Center has security on staff. We ask you not to bring valuable personal items to the hospital. We do not accept responsibility for personal items unless they are deposited in the safe.

Smoking/Tobacco Use Policy

St. Croix Regional Medical Center is committed to a healthy and clean environment and strictly prohibits smoking or tobacco use within the medical center and on all SCRMC property.