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Saint Thomas Rutherford Hospital

Saint Thomas Rutherford Hospital

Patient Safety Tips

At Saint Thomas Health, the safety of our patients has always been an important priority. Our employees respect the importance of patient safety and are committed to maintaining a high standard for safety.

Cell Phone Usage 
Cellular telephones may be used in public areas of the hospital, but should not be used within three feet of any patient care equipment or in the following patient care areas:

  • Special Care
  • Surgery
  • PODS/Critical Care
  • Cath Lab
  • Emergency Department
  • Medical Imaging

Emergency Drills 
For the safety of our patients, visitors and staff, fire drills are performed regularly. Visitors may be asked to remain in a specific area for a short time until the drill is completed. These activities ensure that our staff responds quickly and appropriately should a real emergency occur.

Evacuation routes are posted in each room for those who can move around on their own. Caregivers will provide assistance for those who have special needs.

Security Escorts 
Security Officers are available at each hospital to escort visitors, as necessary, to and from the parking garages.

Patient Safety Tips 
Suggestions from your healthcare professionals:

  • Openly share your health history with your caregiver. This includes the medication you take, any operations you've had, or any allergies you may have. The more your caregiver knows, the more successful your care plan and recovery will be.
  • Don't recognize a medication? Ask the caregiver to check it before you accept it.
  • Don't understand something about your care? If you have questions or concerns about your condition or treatment options, please be sure to ask.
  • Help reduce the risk of infection. Remind caregivers to wash their hands before they care for you. Wash your own hands and keep any wounds clean and dry.
  • Know how to care for yourself at home. Make sure your partner in care learns what to do, too.
  • Getting Involved With Your Healthcare. The more you know, the safer your care will be. Click the link below to watch a 5 minute video filled with information that will help your healthcare experiences be safe.

Medical Information Card 
For Your Records - For Your Safety 
Click here to download a Medical Information Card. Use this form as your healthcare resource for keeping track of your current medications and other important medical history.