For Your Safety
We are committed to providing a safe environment in which to receive care at the International Hospital of Bahrain. Here is what you can do:
if you have any questions about your care. If you do not understand something just ask again.
If you do not understand or have concerns, ask us. You have the right to know and understand your treatment plan and options. Learn approximately how long treatment will last and how you should feel. Please do not be shy or embarrassed to ask us about something that is unclear or confusing.
Pay Attention to the care you are getting. Tell your nurse or doctor if something does not seem quite right. The patient identification band you receive upon admission is important for many reasons. Make sure your nurse or doctor checks this band before they give you medication or other treatment. Notice whether care-givers have washed their hands, since this is an important way to stop the spread of infections. Do not be afraid to gently remind a doctor or nurse to do this.
Educate Yourself about your diagnosis, medical tests, and your treatment plan. Read all medical forms and make sure you understand them before you sign anything. Make sure you get the results of all tests and procedures done, and ask questions if you do not understand them. Request a trusted family member or friend to be your support person, your advocate. Make sure your advocate understands your preferences and your wishes.
Medications: Know what medications you are receiving and why you are taking them. Ask about any side effects. If you do not recognize a medication verify that it is for you before you take it. Be sure to tell your doctor or nurse about any allergies that you have or negative reactions you have had to medications in the past. Our clinical pharmacist will visit you daily.
Safe Surgery: Ensure you understand what will happen if you are having surgery. We will assist you in marking the correct area to be operated on so that there is no confusion in the operating room. Ask the surgeon what to expect after surgery. You are the centre of the healthcare team. Your well-being is our primary concern. The International Hospital of Bahrain operates a comprehensive set of ´patient safety checklist´ before, during and after your surgery or procedure. Please discuss any concerns you may have with your surgeon.
Security: Security officers are located throughout the Hospital and its grounds for your safety, 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Please inform your assigned nurse if you have any security concerns.
Fire Drills: Fire drills are conducted regularly. In the event of an actual fire, the Hospital will follow fire response procedures to ensure the safety of patients, visitors and staff. In the event of an emergency dial "0" from any hospital telephone.
Smoking: The International Hospital of Bahrain is committed to a smoke-free environment. Smoking is not permitted in the main hospital, car parks or grounds. In the interest of the health of our patients, visitors, and staff we appreciate your cooperation in achieving this goal. Smoking is only permitted in the designated smoking area located adjacent to the hospital´s main park.
Preventing Falls: For your safety, your assigned nurse will show you around your room and other nearby areas. Special carpeting, designed and manufactured for hospital use, with few exceptions is fitted throughout the Hospital including patient rooms. One of the benefits of this special carpeting is the reduced risk of falling on a wet floor.
Wash Your Hands. During your stay, especially after using the bathroom and before meals, help prevent infection by washing your hands thoroughly and frequently. Your care providers, before and after each visit, will use soap and water or an alcohol-based hand sanitizer to disinfect their hands. Wash Your Hands. During your stay, especially after using the bathroom and before meals, help prevent infection by washing your hands thoroughly and frequently. Your care providers, before and after each visit, will use soap and water or an alcohol-based hand sanitizer to disinfect their hands.
Recognise Your Healthcare Team. Recognize the members of your healthcare team. Expect all staff to introduce themselves to you. Look for the picture on their identification badge. If you are not sure about someone, ask the person to identify them self. Make sure the staff knows who you are and that they take necessary safety precautions such as checking your hospital wristband before giving you medication or taking you for a test.
Tell Us. Tell us what else you might need to make your plan of care work best. Tell us when you have pain, where the pain is and what it feels like. We will ask and want to know. Tell us if the medications or other treatments are helping your pain. Don´t be shy about telling us it is time for your pain medication, or if the medication did not help reduce your pain to a point that is acceptable for you. Pain is more difficult to control as it becomes worse-do not wait to tell us.
Take Notice. Notice the care and treatments you are receiving on an ongoing basis. Know the name, purpose, dosage and possible side effects of all your medications. Tell us if you are having any side effects. After taking your medication, tell your care providers if you feel or notice anything that you did not expect.
Remind Us. Remind your doctor or nurse about any allergies you have or negative reactions you have had in the past. Ask when you are not sure about whether to chew or swallow your medicine. Inform your doctor or nurse if you do not recognize a medication or it seems different.
Safety Rounds. A specialist team of Hospital personnel routinely conduct ´safety rounds´, including patient safety rounds, medication safety rounds, infection control safety rounds, and facility safety rounds. These safety rounds help ensure that you are taken care of in the safest possible environment.
Get Ready. Get ready for discharge as soon as possible. The social worker will discuss your discharge plan with you. We want you to feel ready for discharge before you leave the International Hospital of Bahrain. For a helpful discharge list, visit Your Discharge.