In addition to respecting patients’ rights, we also encourage patients to understand their responsibilities. By taking an active role in your health care, you can help your caregivers meet your needs as a patient or family member. That is why we ask that you and your family share with us certain responsibilities.
We ask that you:
- Ask your doctor or nurse what to expect regarding pain, pain management, and pain relief measures; work with your doctor and nurse to develop a pain management plan; ask for pain relief when pain first begins; help your doctor and nurse assess your pain; tell your doctor and nurse if your pain is not relieved; tell your doctor and nurse about any worries you have about taking pain medication.
- Take sensible precautions to keep healthy and to use the advice and information that has been made available for this purpose.
- Safeguard any valuables that may be kept at the bedside.
- Actively participate in educational programs and teaching relevant to your condition/diagnosis as deemed appropriate by the professional caregiver(s).
- Inform your physician and nurse of any medications you have brought to the Hospital and answer their questions openly and honestly. Information about your past health history is an important part of current care and should be discussed with the doctor.
- Arrive at appointments promptly or, if they must be canceled or postponed, notify the Hospital as soon as possible.