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Acute Care

How can you be active in your care?

There are a number of things that you and your family can do to assist your health care team in providing safer care.
  • Make sure that staff members have your correct identification information.
  • Tell your doctor, nurse or pharmacist about all the symptoms you are experiencing. 
  • Find out about your health condition and treatment.
  • Learn about and participate in discussions about your treatment options to ensure that they are correct for you.
  • Know what medications you take, the side effects and who to notify should you have any questions.
  • Inform your health care provider if you’ve had a recent fall at home or in your community.
  • Learn about what to expect after your surgery or test before you leave the hospital or clinic.
  • Practice good hand hygiene to help prevent the spread of infections (i.e. before eating and after coughing, sneezing or using the washroom).
  • Get the annual flu shot as recommended by your health care provider.

Ask us questions about:

  • Your medications.
  • Your treatment plan and options.
  • The test, procedure or surgery you’re having done and how it will affect you.
  • If a family member can be present with you.
  • The results of your test, procedure or surgery.
  • Our names and role in providing your care.
  • Our hand hygiene practices.


Updated Aug 6, 2013