TMC takes patient safety very seriously.
“Nothing to you without you” is one of our core values and it’s one of our pledges to keep you safe.
TMC is committed to reducing medical errors and infections, with careful stewardship of antibiotics, strict surgical protocols, medication reconciliation and fall reduction efforts.
TMC also encourages a robust handwashing program, since handwashing is the most effective way to reduce the spread of infection.
TMC encourages our patients to be involved with their care as a strategy to reduce errors and help keep health care safe. The acronym SPEAK UP encourages patients to ask questions and discuss safety concerns.
- S: Speak up if you have questions or concerns. If you don’t understand, ask again. It’s your body and you have a right to know.
- P: Pay attention to the care you are receiving. Make sure you’re getting the right treatments and medications by the right health care professionals. Don’t assume anything.
- E: Educate yourself about your diagnosis, the medical tests you are undergoing and your treatment plan.
- A: Ask a trusted family member or friend to be your advocate.
- K: Know what medications you take and why you take them. Medication errors are the most common health care mistake.
- U: Use a hospital, clinic, surgery center or other type of health care organization that has undergone a rigorous on-site evaluation based on established state-of-the-art quality and safety standards. (TMC earned The Joint Commission's Gold Seal for Hospital Accreditation by demonstrating continuous compliance with the commission's performance standards.)
- P: Participate in all decisions about your treatment. You are the center of the healthcare team.
Patient Safety Tips
- Write down all your medications and share with your medical team. Carry a list with you and keep it up to date.
- Wash your hands frequently and ask your visitors and caregivers to do the same.
- Make sure your caregiver checks your identification before administering medications, treatments or procedures.
- Bring a family member or friend with you to the hospital and all medical visits to help write down information and ask questions.