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Patient Safety

We care about our patients’ safety. Hand hygiene and fall prevention play a major role in the healing process.

Fighting Infections

The single most important thing you can do to help prevent infections is to wash your hands and make sure that everyone who touches you — including doctors and staff — wash their hands too.

You, family members and friends should wash hands:

  • After touching objects or surfaces in the hospital room
  • Before eating
  • After using the restroom

It is also important that your health care providers wash their hands with soap and water or use an alcohol-based hand rub every time, both before and after they touch you. You and your family should not be afraid or embarrassed to speak up and ask them to clean their hands if they forget.

Preventing Falls

Hospital patients may fall because they are weak or unsteady, their medication makes them dizzy, or because they’ve been sitting or lying down for too long. Please follow these guidelines during your hospital stay:

  • Do not get out of bed by yourself unless you have been cleared to do so. Your hospital bed is probably higher and narrower than your bed at home and you can easily fall while trying to get in or out of it. Please use your nurse call button and ask for assistance.
  • Keep the following items within reach: call button, tissues, water, eyeglasses, telephone and TV remote.
  • Do not walk with bare feet. Wear non-skid socks or slippers. We offer slippers if needed.
  • Make sure your robe or pajamas don’t drag on the floor; they can cause you to trip.
  • Use the handrails in the bathroom and throughout the hospital at all times.
  • Ask your nurse to show you how to properly walk with your IV pole, drainage bags and any other equipment.
  • Be sure your wheelchair is locked when getting in or out of it. Never step on the footrest.
  • If you see a spill on the floor, report it at once.

 

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Morristown Medical Center

100 Madison Avenue
Morristown, NJ 07960
973-971-5000

Overlook Medical Center

99 Beauvoir Avenue
Summit, NJ 07901
908-522-2000

Newton Medical Center

175 High Street
Newton, NJ 07860
973-383-2121

Chilton Medical Center

97 West Parkway
Pompton Plains, NJ 07444
973-831-5000

Hackettstown Medical Center

651 Willow Grove Street
Hackettstown, NJ 07840
908-852-5100

Goryeb Children's Hospital

100 Madison Avenue
Morristown, NJ 07960
973-971-5000


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