St. Alphonsus Regional Medical Center
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Communication

Clear communication between the patient and the healthcare team is vital to patient safety.

  • Choose a doctor that you're comfortable talking with about your health and treatment.
  • Ask questions of your doctor, nurse and other caregivers.
  • Involve family members or friends in your care. They can help you ask questions and understand care instructions, particularly if there are times when you may not be able to do this for yourself.
  • Don't be afraid to ask hospital staff if they have washed their hands before caring for you.
  • Be prepared to state your name and date of birth whenever treatments or medications are given to you. Caregivers need to ask this to make sure they have the correct patient.
  • While you are in the hospital, talk to your doctor, nurses and other care providers about the daily goals for your care.
  • Seek information about your condition, what to expect during your hospital stay and what your treatment plan will be when you leave the hospital.
  • Share information about your health history and medications with your healthcare team. Saint Alphonsus provides a secure website, MYSaintAls.com, where you can safely store your personal health history.

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Saint Alphonsus Regional Medical Center  |  1055 N. Curtis Road  |  Boise, Idaho 83706  |  208-367-2121

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