March is Patient Safety Awareness Month at UPMC. And while we do everything we can to make sure you are safe during your hospital stay, you can play an important role, too.

Learn more about how you can protect yourself during a stay at the hospital.

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Tips for Staying Safe in the Hospital

1. Wash your hands with soap and water for at least 15 seconds. If you’re not able to get to a sink, opt for waterless hand sanitizer.

2. Always get in and out of your hospital bed on the “safe exit” side, and use the call bell any time you feel you need help.

Fun fact: Sing “Happy Birthday” twice as you wash your hands. It’s a simple way to make sure you’re washing for the right amount of time.

3. Keep a record of all the medications that you’re currently taking, as well as a list of all allergies and reactions you’ve had to medications and vaccines. Talk to your doctor or pharmacist if you have questions about documenting this.

4. Condition Help is a patient safety hotline. Call Condition Help if there is a breakdown in how your care is given, or if you cannot get a hold of hospital staff. Visit the Condition Help website to find a list of phone numbers.

5. Many resources are available for you and your family through the UPMC Disabilities Resource Center. For more information, ask a member of your health care team.

About UPMC

Based in Pittsburgh, UPMC is a world-renowned health care provider and insurer. We operate 40 hospitals and more than 700 doctor’s offices and outpatient centers. Our expert physicians are among the leaders in their fields, and we are leaders in groundbreaking research and treatment breakthroughs. UPMC Presbyterian Shadyside ranks as “One of America’s Best Hospitals” and No. 1 in Pennsylvania in U.S. News & World Report’s listings.