Participation in Your Care
Your involvement as a partner in the healthcare process aids your recovery. You can participate by answering, to the best of your ability, the questions the staff may ask. It will not be unusual for you to be asked some of the same questions several times as we gather information regarding your condition. This occurs because it is important that we obtain all the information we need as completely as possible.
It is also important that you understand your condition, medical tests, medications and treatments. Feel free to ask questions about your care, as well as express your values and preferences.
- Designated Spokesperson for Family
- Medical Ethics
- Rights of Patients With Pain
- Advance Directives
We are sensitive to your family's need for information regarding your condition. In order to minimize disruptions in care, we ask that one person be designated by you as the family spokesperson. The spokesperson can then relay information to the rest of the family, allowing our caregivers to focus full attention on your care.
An Interdisciplinary Ethics Advisory Committee is available to patients and their loved ones encountering ethical dilemmas such as opinions regarding treatment goals, aggressiveness of treatment, or communication issues. Differences of opinion can be between patient (or their surrogate) and the medical staff or between family members. Requests for consultations can be made through the nursing staff or ask your nurse to contact the administrative supervisor.
You have the right to have your reports of pain accepted and acted on by healthcare professionals; to have your pain controlled, no matter what its cause or how severe it may be; and to be treated with respect at all times.
Appropriate Pain Management is the key to recovery.
- Ask for pain relief as soon as it begins.
- Tell us any pain relief techniques you may use such as ice, heat or massage.
Jefferson Regional is committed to the health, safety, dignity, and well-being of our patients. Our philosophy seeks to limit the use of restraints to clinically-justified situations. Restraints are only used when authorized by the physician.
It is important for you to keep an ongoing list of all the medications you are currently taking including prescriptions, over the counter medication, and nutritional supplements such as vitamins, herbs and minerals. Include the name, dose, and how often you are taking each one and include any allergic reaction you have experienced to any medication or food. Always bring this list with you to the physician's office and the hospital.
If you bring in your medication bottles to the hospital, have them sent home after the nurse has reviewed them. Never take any medications of your own while in the hospital unless specifically ordered by the physician. While you are in the hospital, your doctor may prescribe medications that are different from those you were taking prior to admission.
Please ask questions if you are unfamiliar with any of your medications.
Advance Directives and Healthcare Power of Attorney are documents that inform your physician of your wishes regarding medical treatment if you cannot speak for yourself. If you do become unable to communicate and you have not written down your wishes, Pennsylvania law authorizes certain individuals to speak for you as "healthcare representatives." Hospitals must use this list in this order, unless you have told your doctor, nurse or another healthcare provider otherwise. You are the only one who can communicate your wishes through an Advance Healthcare Directive.
For more information on these documents, call the Spiritual Care office at ext. 5855 Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. On weekends or evenings, ask to meet with the administrative supervisor.