During your stay at UPMC, we want to provide you the best care possible. You and your loved ones can help us ensure you recover quickly by following these simple safety tips.
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Follow These 7 Safety Tips During Your Hospital Stay
1. Wash Your Hands
Clean hands helps lower the risk of infection. Your visitors and the people who care for you at home should also frequently wash their hands.
2. Speak up if You’re in Pain
Let someone know if you are in pain or if you are having side effects from your pain medicine. Pay attention to how you feel and tell us about your symptoms.
3. Protect Your Skin
Change your position in bed often and safely move around as much as you can to prevent bed sores. Check your skin every day and try to keep it clean and dry.
4. Be Careful So You Don’t Fall
Call a nurse before getting out of bed. Get up slowly. Wear non-skid socks, slippers, or shoes that won’t slip. Clear a safe path so you have plenty of room to move around.
5. Take Your Medicine
It is important to take your medicine exactly as your doctor tells you. If you have any questions about your medicine or side effects, please ask your doctor.
6. Get Moving
Ask your nurse how soon you can safely get out of bed. Move your legs and ankles while lying down. Ask your doctor about compression devices or leg pumps to wear while in bed or sitting down to help blood flow in your legs and feet.
7. Don’t Smoke
If you smoke, talk to your doctor about quitting. Patients who don’t smoke can recover more quickly.
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You are an important part of your own care team, and we trust that you know your body better than anyone else. Always ask your health care team if you are unsure or need something explained. If you are worried about a symptom or side effect, please let us know.
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.