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Safety

Take these safety steps while you are in the hospital, as medical equipment may be unfamiliar and medicine can make you sleepy, weak, or dizzy:

  • Use the nurse call bell when you need help.
  • Use the bed controls to lower the bed before getting up from or back into bed.
  • Be careful not to trip on wires or tubes.
  • Try to keep items you need within easy reach.
  • Do not bring medications from home.
  • Hold grab bars while getting in and out of the shower or tub.
  • Use handrails on stairways and in hallways.

Security staff

Our Security staff is available 24 hours a day if you or members of your family need help. Please report any unusual or suspicious events to your nurse or Security for follow-up. Security can be reached through the hospital operator by dialing "0."

Infection control

We use what healthcare professionals call "universal precautions" for our infection control program. These simple measures are designed to safeguard you and the healthcare worker. They include hand washing and the use of protective clothing (gloves, aprons or gowns, masks, and eyewear) whenever an employee might come into contact with blood or bodily fluids.

If your nurse or another hospital employee enters your room wearing protective clothing, he or she is following universal precaution guidelines from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control.

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Fire safety

Staff will close your door when a fire alarm is sounded. Remain in your room with the door closed until staff gives you instructions.

Earthquake safety

In case of an earthquake, remain in your room. If possible, move away from windows and shelves.

Immediately following the earthquake, staff will provide instructions.

Hazardous materials

The Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act of 1986 requires proper warning of the discharge or release of chemicals known to the state of California to cause cancer, birth defects, or other reproductive harm.

These chemicals are used by our hospital:

  • ortho-aminoazotoluene
  • chloroform
  • formaldehyde
  • chemotherapeutic drugs

Less hazardous agents are substituted whenever possible.