S.M.A.R.T Patient

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.