Bariatrics refers to the branch of medicine that deals with the prevention, control, and treatment of obesity. According to the Centers for Disease Control, about 65-percent of American adults - more than 60 million - are either overweight or obese.
As a health care facility, Jones Memorial Hospital strives to provide safe care for all of our patients, while providing a safe work environment for our employees. The obese patient presents unique challenges in providing for their mobility, without subjecting the health care provider to risk of injury while assisting them. The majority of back and musculoskeletal injuries incurred by healthcare providers happen when lifting or mobilizing a patient. With that in mind, the following equipment has been purchased by JMH and enable our staff to safely provide care for our bariatric patients:
Jones Memorial Hospital has started replacing existing patient beds with beds that have up-to-date safety features. The new patient beds:
These beds were purchased through an endowment left to Jones Memorial Hospital by Lillian & Forrest Allen. For more information about how you can make a gift to Jones Memorial Hospital, contact Judy Burt.
Have you ever gone to your physician's office or the hospital emergency room and replied, "Well, I take a green one for my blood pressure and a pink one for my cholesterol," when asked if you are on any medications? If the answer is yes, you are not alone, but you could be in danger!
It is very important for everyone to have a complete, updated list of any medications – prescription, herbal and over-the-counter – with you when seeking healthcare.
The JMH Patient Safety Team has come up with a process to improve medication safety for hospital patients and all members of the community by improving medication reconciliation.
This process is not something new - the nurses and doctors at Jones Memorial have always reviewed medications with the patient at discharge. However, it does provide written documentation of what medications patients should or should not take, all on one sheet. By using this form, patients experience less confusion at home about their medications. They will also be able to take the form to every healthcare provider and keep it updated.
For the convenience of community members who have not been in the hospital or those who have had changes to their medications, Jones Memorial has provided a Universal Medication Form. Follow this link, print out the form, fill it out and have it with you at all times. If you would like a form and do not have web access, please contact the Community Relations Department at (585) 596-4050.
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