During your stay at UPMC, we want to provide you the best care possible. You and your loved ones can help us ensure you recovery quickly by following these simple safety tips.\nFollow These 7 Safety Tips During Your Hospital Stay\n\n1. Wash Your Hands\nClean hands helps lower the risk of infection. Your visitors and the people who care for you at home should also frequently wash their hands.\n2. Speak up if You\u2019re in Pain\nLet 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.\n3. Protect Your Skin\nChange 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.\n4. Be Careful So You Don\u2019t Fall\nCall a nurse before getting out of bed. Get up slowly. Wear non-skid socks, slippers, or shoes that won\u2019t slip. Clear a safe path so you have plenty of room to move around.\n5. Take Your Medicine\nIt 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.\n6. Get Moving\nAsk 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.\n7. Don\u2019t Smoke\nIf you smoke, talk to your doctor about quitting. Patients who don\u2019t smoke can recover more quickly.\nEnsuring Safety\nYou 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.