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Patient Safety

Your safety is our highest priority. That's why UC Irvine Health has a comprehensive program dedicated to patient safety. Our goal is to eliminate hospital-borne infections and medical errors.

We encourage all patients and visitors to take an active role in their personal safety.

Preventing infection

  • Hand hygiene is the simplest and most effective way to prevent hospital-borne infections.
  • All care providers (e.g., nurses, doctors, therapists) are required to wash their hands before and after they care for you.
  • All care providers are required to wear proper personal protective equipment (e.g., gloves, mask, gown) for the duties they are performing.
  • Speak up! You have the right to request that your care provider wash his or her hands before caring for you.

Patient identification

  • You will be given a wristband upon admission with the following information: name, date of birth, medical record number and visit number.
  • Your care provider is required to check you wristband before giving you medications, drawing blood or giving you blood products.
  • You also may be asked to give your name to ensure accuracy.

Eliminating medical errors

  • Your doctor may ask questions to verify your identity and the type of procedure you are going to have.
  • You may be asked to identify the site of your procedure.
  • You will experience multiple caregivers verifying your identity before medications, procedures, consultations and discussions about your care. This is for your own protection.

Medication safety

  • Tell your care provider if you are using any herbal supplements, vitamins or other over-the-counter drugs.
  • Tell your care provider if you have a food or drug allergy.
  • Ask questions about your prescribed medications.
  • Ask for a printed document of your medication to review the benefits and side effects.
  • Tell your care provider if you have a problem with any medication, including unusual reactions or concerns about cost.
  • Check with your care provider before changing how you take your medications.
  • Never share your medication or use drugs prescribed to someone else.
  • Store your medications safely away from children and pets.