In light of recent changes with the COVID-19 pandemic, all of Bay Area Hospital’s Community Health Education Classes are temporarily canceled. Sign up for our newsletter to be notified or check back on our Facebook page for further announcements regarding when classes will resume. Thank you for your patience and understanding!
Keeping You Safe
At Bay Area Hospital, patient safety is always on our minds. We aim for consistent compliance with national patient safety goals. Some of our ongoing safety initiatives include:
Every shift change of our nursing staff is accompanied by a “handoff” – a brief conference designed to make sure the incoming nurse is fully up to speed on the patient’s condition and needs.
Basic hand cleansing is an essential part of staying on guard against infection. Employee training on this important step is refreshed frequently, and employees are taught to remind one another if they slip. As a patient, you’re encouraged to remind doctors and nurses if you don’t see them practice careful hand hygiene.
Our staff uses a Time Out safe-surgery checklist to reduce the risk of errors. Bay Area Hospital physicians and nurses always ask and answer three simple questions before conducting any invasive procedure. Do we have the correct patient? Do we have the correct procedure? Do we have the correct side or site on the patient? They also must ask themselves whether the patient has allergies that need to be considered and whether correct medications, implants, positioning devices, and necessary equipment are available.
We encourage you to become an active participant in your own healthcare, by helping eliminate potential mistakes. If you don’t recognize a medication being administered, please question whether it is the correct medication prescribed by your physician. If you take a number of medicines, ask your physician or pharmacist whether it is safe to add a new one.
You’re encouraged to become educated about your own condition; to write down important facts your doctor tells you; to read and understand medical forms before signing anything; and to learn how to operate any medical equipment you will be using at home.