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Patient Guide: For Your Safety and Security 

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Cellular Telephones
The use of cellular telephones is discouraged in all areas and prohibited within 10 feet of any electrical or medical device.

Fire Drills
For your protection, Obici Hospital conducts fire and disaster drills regularly. If a drill occurs while you are here, please remain in your room and do not become alarmed. The hospital is a fire-resistant building, and the staff is trained in fire protection.

Medications
All medications you take while in the hospital are prescribed by your doctor, dispensed by the hospital pharmacy and administered by a nurse. Patients are not permitted to administer their own drugs or keep personal medications at their bedsides.

Oxygen
Special regulations are in effect in areas where patients are receiving oxygen. Please observe all posted signs.

Smoking
Sentara Obici Hospital is committed to promoting a safe and healthy environment for our patients, visitors and staff. The new hospital is a tobacco and smoke-free facility. Smoking or use of tobacco products in not permitted by staff, patients or visitors to the hospital campus except in the privacy of their automobile.

Valuable or Lost Items
Patients are asked not to bring items of value to the hospital. If you do bring a valuable item, we cannot accept responsibility for the security of those items. If you lose something, please notify a staff member immediately, and we will make every effort to help you find it. Unclaimed articles are turned in to the Safety and Security Office; please call them at ext. 4836 for information.

Wheelchairs
Wheelchairs are available on all nursing units, but getting in and out of them without assistance may be hazardous. Please ask for help from a member of the hospital staff.

Back Side of For Your Safety and Security
Patient who are more involved with their care tend to get better results. Obici Hospital encourages patient to participate in their care.

Follow these steps to safer heath care:
- Speak up if you have questions or concerns. It's okay to ask questions. Expect answers you can understand and be sure to ask follow up questions about anything you do not understand.

- Keep a list of all medicines you take. Tell your physicians or other health care providers about all medicines you take including over the counter medicines, dietary supplements and vitamins.

- If your physician prescribes medicines to take while a patient, ask the names and reasons they are being prescribed. Also ask about side effects, food interactions and if it should be taken before, after or with meals.

- Inform your physician and nurse about any allergies you may have to food, medications or latex.

- If you need surgery, make sure you fully understand what will happen. Talk with your health care professional so that you agree and are clear on all procedures.

- Ask for the results of any test or procedure. Your physician or nurse can yell you when to expect results.

- When you are being discharged, ask your health care professional to fully explain the follow-up care you need.

- Ask a family member or friend to be with you and to act as your advocate, someone who can help speak for you when necessary.

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