Ensuring Equipment Safety and Preventing Personal Injury

Whether you are an inpatient or short-time visitor of EMMC, your physical safety is important to us. You should never feel like a burden if you feel you need to ask for assistance.

If you are staying with us overnight, there are a few things that you can do to ensure you stay safe:
  • Keep a call button near you.
  • Make sure there is adequate light in your room. If you need prescription eyeglasses to see, keep them near you for easy access.
  • Use slippers with rubber soles to prevent slipping.
  • Use a container to keep dentures or dental equipment, glasses, hearing aides or other removable pieces. These items are easily lost. Mark the container with your name.
All patients should:
  • Report any possible dangers, such as wet floors that may be slippery.
  • Ask what to expect from any equipment around you. How should this equipment sound or act? What is the equipment doing? If something seems wrong with the equipment, let your caregiver know.
  • Never turn off an alarm. These alarms help alert your caregiver of any problems, and are crucial to your health and wellbeing.
  • If you are an outpatient who requires portable oxygen, please bring enough with you to cover your visit. If you feel you may not have enough, please alert your caregiver or an EMMC employee.
  • If you are in a wheelchair, make sure your brakes are locked and footrests are out of the way when getting in and out of the chair.
  • There may be situations where restraints are necessary to protect patients from injury. To reduce fear or concerns from the elderly or confused patients, family members may be asked to stay with them.