Patient Safety and Security

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Personal Belongings

Nebraska Medicine – Bellevue recommends you leave your valuables at home. This includes, but is not limited to: jewelry, electronics, cell phones and excess cash. You are responsible for items if they remain in your room. Nebraska Medicine – Bellevue assumes responsibility only when personal belongings are properly deposited in the hospital Security Office safe. If you wish to check your valuables after your admission to the hospital, please contact your nurse. This service is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Smoking Policy

Nebraska Medicine – Bellevue  provides a smoke free and tobacco free environment to all patients, whose health and welfare is our primary concern. Smoking and other use of tobacco is not permitted on Nebraska Medicine – Bellevue property. You may ask your doctor about the use of alternative therapies, medications, nicotine patch, counseling, etc.

Hand Hygiene

Good hand hygiene is the single most effective method of preventing the spread of germs. Germs can cause infections. Each patient and visitor plays an important role in preventing the spread of germs. Working together, we can prevent the spread of infection.

You can help prevent the spread of infection by:

  • Washing your hands or using hand sanitizer
  • Telling visitors not to visit you if they are ill (cold, flu, gastroenteritis, etc.)
  • Asking visitors and staff to wash their hands or use the hand sanitizer before and after visits
  • Covering your cough or sneeze with a tissue

Isolation Precautions

Your health-care provider may tell you that you need isolation precautions. Isolation precautions are used to decrease the risk of spreading a contagious illness. You should not leave your hospital room unless there is a medical reason. It is important to follow the isolation precautions as explained by your health-care provider. Health-care providers and family may need to wear a gown, gloves or mask before entering your room. Good hand washing is important to prevent the spread of infection. Everyone should wash their hands before entering and leaving the room. Information on your specific type of isolation is available upon request.

Bar Code Medication Administration

Nebraska Medicine – Bellevue takes patient safety seriously. We want to ensure that the five patient rights of medication safety are protected: right patient, right medication, right dose, right time and right route.

When a patient is admitted to the hospital, a bar-coded wristband is placed on their wrist. It includes the patient’s name, medical record number and date of birth. Before a clinician gives any medication, they will review the medication order via a mobile computing device, scan the bar code printed on the medication package and scan the bar code on the patient’s wristband. After the computer verifies the medications are correct, the clinician will administer the medications.