At Lake Charles Memorial Hospital, our goal is to ensure expert medical
care in the safest possible environment. Patients can play a vital role
in their personal safety by becoming an active, involved and informed
member of their own healthcare team.
Please tell us about:
- Your health history, including past surgery, or a tendency to fall or become dizzy.
- Diet, including any special food or drinks.
- All medications you take at home, including prescriptions, vitamins, supplements,
herbs, and over-the-counter medicines.
- Allergies or reactions to medication, food, solutions or dyes (such as
iodine), or latex.
- Show your identification band and give your name before being given a medicine
or having a procedure or test.
- Give another type of identification besides your name, such as your birth date.
- Identify the correct place on your body for surgery, in the event you are
- Call your caregiver if the alarm on your medical equipment rings.
- Have your caregivers wash their hands before and after caring for you.
- Note that all Memorial Hospital employees must wear a photo identification
badge, which has the employee’s name and photograph clearly displayed.
PLEASE TAKE TIME TO NOTICE WHETHER THE PHOTOGRAPH ON THE BADGE AND THE
STAFF MEMBER’S FACE ARE THE SAME. IF THEY ARE NOT, NOTIFY THE NURSE’S
Students who are at Memorial for clinical rotations will have their name
badges clearly displayed on their uniforms.
Stop The Spread Of Germs:
- Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze OR
- Cough or sneeze into your upper sleeve, not your hands.
- Put your used tissue in the nearest waste basket.
- You may be asked to put on a surgical mask to protect others.
- Wash hands with soap and warm water for 15 seconds or clean with alcohol-based
Please note that staff members who have not received an H1N1 or other
influenza vaccination may be required to wear a surgical mask when providing
patient care or having direct patient contact.
PATIENTS’ COLOR-CODED WRISTBANDS
- Ask about alarms on medical equipment.
- Ask what medication is being given to you and why.
- Speak up if you have questions or concerns.
- Your health is too important to worry about being embarrassed if you don’t
understand something that your doctor, nurse or other healthcare professional
- Don’t be afraid to ask about patient safety issues.
- Don’t be afraid to tell the nurse or the doctor if you think you
are about to get the wrong medicine, or if you think he or she has confused
you with another patient.
- Ask a trusted family member or friend to be your advocate (advisor or supporter).
He or she can ask questions that you may not think about when you are
stressed, and can help you understand the medicines and treatments you
receive in the hospital and those you may need when you get home.
- Alert your nurse if your family or friends are leaving your room and/or
the nursing unit.
There are five different color-coded “alert” wristbands that
have been standardized throughout Louisiana to help your healthcare team
identify any risks that you may have and further protect you during your
Red Means Allergy Alert
If you have an allergy to anything–food, medicine, dust, grass,
pet hair, ANYTHING–tell us. It may not seem important to you, but
it could be very important in the care you receive.
Yellow Means Fall Risk
We want to prevent falls at all times, so your nurse or physician may
determine that you need extra attention–-especially if you are weakened
by your illness or a recent surgery. When a patient has a yellow color-coded
alert wristband, it indicates that he or she needs assistance when walking
or getting out of bed to prevent a fall.
Purple Means “DNR” Or Do Not Resuscitate
Some patients have expressed an end-of-life wish and we want to honor that.
Pink Means Restricted Extremity
When a patient has a pink color-coded wristband, the healthcare provider
is alerted that this patient’s extremity should be handled with
extreme care. Other care providers are alerted to check with the nurse
prior to any tests or procedures.
Green Means Latex Allergy
When a patient has a green color-coded wristband, it alerts the healthcare
provider to an allergic reaction to latex.
If your nurse or physician determines that you need extra attention to
prevent a fall–-especially if you are weakened by your illness,
medication or a recent surgery—a yellow star will also be placed
on the entrance door to your room. This alerts the staff so that they
can better determine how to care for you: Your bed rails may be raised
for your protection—even if you are awake—and special care
will be taken when you are walking or getting out of bed. If you are considered
a fall risk, please call your nurse before lowering your bed rails or
attempting to leave your bed.
THE RAPID RESPONSE TEAM
We believe that teamwork is key to offering the best healthcare to our
patients and their families. We ask that you partner with us in this effort,
by being alert to the needs of your loved ones who are our patients.
What is the Rapid Response Team?
This team of highly trained professionals responds 24 hours a day to calls
for immediate assistance when a patient’s condition worsens unexpectedly.
Who calls the Rapid Response Team?
When should family members call the Rapid Response Team?
- Nursing Staff
- Family Members
How to access the Rapid Response Team
- When nursing staff has been notified of the patient’s worsening condition,
but is unable to respond.
- When the patient’s condition quickly worsens and there is no time
to notify the nursing staff.
Call 111 and tell the operator that the Rapid Response Team is needed.
The operator will ask for caller identification, room number, patient
name and patient concern. The operator will immediately inform the Rapid
Response Team who will arrive in the room to assess the situation.
The Rapid Response Team is for rapidly worsening medical conditions only.
For other patient needs, please notify the nursing staff or House Supervisor
Thoroughly read all medical forms and make sure you understand everything
before you sign. If you don’t understand, ask your doctor or nurse
to explain. Remember, it is required that you be told the risks, benefits
and alternatives to procedures, surgery or your plan of care. This is
done to inform you, not scare you.