Staying Safe During Your Stay
Leaving the Unit
Please check with your physician or nurse to determine if you have walking privileges. An escort may be necessary even if you do have walking privileges. Please notify your nurse upon leaving and returning to the unit. It is important that you stay in your room until your doctor has made rounds and treatments have been completed.
During the Night
Please stay in bed after you have been prepared for the night. Strange surroundings and sleeping medications may create a hazard if you get out of bed. For assistance during the night, use your nurse call button.
Spring Valley Hospital has security guards on duty 24 hours a day. In the event you need the assistance of security, dial 0 for the hospital operator.
Smoking is strictly prohibited throughout the Spring Valley Hospital, according to federal and state law. Patients, visitors and staff may smoke only in the designated smoking areas located outside. It is the hospital's policy to provide a smoke-free environment for patients, visitors, employees, medical staff, vendors and contractors within and immediately surrounding the institution. Smoking in patient rooms, or anywhere else within the facility is prohibited. The hospital asks that patients not leave the hospital to smoke outside. It's very important to note to telemetry patients, that the telemetry transmitter will not transmit outside the hospital. Patients are encouraged not to smoke. Those who wish to smoke while inpatients at Spring Valley Hospital must have a written consent from their physician. Patients must also, get their nurse's permission to go outside to smoke before leaving the unit, and may be accompanied. The designated patient smoking area is located outside the cafeteria on the patio.
For your protection, the 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. Hospital staff is trained in fire safety and emergency management.
Every medicine that you receive while at Spring Valley Hospital must be prescribed by your physician, dispensed by the hospital pharmacy and administered by a trained professional. Patients are not permitted to administer their own medications or keep personal medications, unless specifically documented by their physician.
Patients are asked not to bring items of value with them to the hospital. These items should be returned home with a family member. Spring Valley Hospital is not responsible for lost medications or valuables (including glasses or dentures). If you choose to keep your valuables at the hospital, an inventory will be taken and your items will be kept in a safe with the Security department. If you believe an item of yours is missing, notify your nurse who will contact Security.