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Patient Information - Speak Up
Speak up if you have questions or concerns, and if you don't understand, ask again. You have a right to know.
Pay attention to the care you are receiving. Be an active participant.
Educate yourself about your diagnosis, the medical test you are undergoing, and your treatment plan.
Ask a trusted family member or friend to be your advocate.
Know what medications you take and why you take them. Ask questions if something is unfamiliar.
Use your call light when any alarm has gone off in your room. Also, use your call light any time you need help or want to get out of bed.
Participate in all decisions about your treatment. You are the center of the healthcare team.
If you have concerns about your care, please call the patient safety hotline at 805/652-5099 and leave a message.
Portions of this have been reprinted by permission of the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations