Speak UP Initiative
Become an advocate for your own care.
At Sharp HealthCare it is our belief that patients and their loved ones are important members of the health care team. We encourage our patients to get involved in their care by following the important safety guidelines set by The Joint Commission and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.
Speak UP reminds patients to:
Speak up if you have questions or concerns about any aspect of your care.
- Tell your nurse or doctor if something does not seem right or if you feel your condition is changing.
- You will encounter many people throughout your stay. You have the right to question anyone who is involved in your care.
Pay attention to the care you are receiving.
- Ask caregivers to explain your condition, treatment, tests and medications so you know what to expect, and always ask questions about things you do not understand.
- Before leaving the hospital, be sure you know what you need to do at home to continue your recovery.
- Get a list of all the medications you will need to take when you go home.
Ask for help.
- Have a loved one stay with you in the hospital to help you remember the information you hear, and to speak up for you if you cannot.
Know your medications.
- Have a list of your medications and the dosages, including all prescriptions, over-the-counter medicines, herbs, vitamins and supplements, and always tell your caregiver if you have any allergic reactions to medications, latex or other allergens.
- If you are given a medication you do not recognize, ask to verify that it is for you before taking it.
Understand your care.
- Before you have surgery, someone from the operating team will mark the area to be operated on.
- Confirm that the marked area is the correct site for the surgery.
Participate in your care.
- Keep a list of questions you want to ask your doctor(s), so you or your loved one can get the information you need.
- You and your doctor should agree on exactly what will be done during each step of your care. Do not be afraid to get a second opinion if it will help you feel better about the decisions you are making.