The Annapolis Valley Health S.M.A.R.T. Patient Program can help you:
- Have a safer stay in the hospital while you are a patient.
- Know more about the medications you are taking.
- Ask questions and not be afraid to tell how you feel.
- Know what to do when you go home from the hospital.
- Understand the medical treatment you are getting.
- Be involved in your health care.
S.M.A.R.T. clients and families play a role in preventing adverse events by understanding:
Safety - Wash your hands often to kill germs; remind your visitors and health care team to do the same. Remember that ALL hospital property is scent and smoke-free.
Medications - Know what your medications look like, why you take them, and how they are going to make you feel. Always read and double check the label.
Asking Questions - Don't be afraid, ask the doctors and nurses about your care and treatments. Have a friend or relative listen to everything with you and take notes.
Recovery - Know what to expect and how to take care of yourself when you leave the hospital to go home. have a phone number to call with questions.
Telling - Tell your doctor or nurse if you have any concerns; if you do not feel well; if you are afraid; or if you do not understand what is happening.