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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.