Patient safety is our top priority. Whether you are a patient or visitor at any Bellin Health facility, we invite you to read our patient safety guidelines and understand our COVID-19 and visitor policies to ensure the well-being of your loved one, all patients and Bellin Health team members.
Bellin Health System is proud to be accredited by DNV Healthcare, showcasing our commitment to high-quality care, best practices and continuous improvement.
Many of our individual departments also maintain additional accreditation through their respective state, regional and national associations.
- Even if you have not experienced issues with falling or instability, a hospital is an unfamiliar environment for most people, increasing any patient's risk for falling — especially at night. Talk with your care team to review your individual precautions.
- If you feel unsteady when getting up, ask your care team to provide you with support, such as a walker or cane. Do not use walls or furniture for support, especially because some furniture items are on wheels.
- Ask your care team to position your bed in a low position with your call light and other personal needs within easy reach.
- Wear non-slip socks or shoes to prevent slips.
- Certain treatments and medications may cause you to experience urgency to use the restroom. Be sure to call your care team for help getting to the bathroom or anywhere else with plenty of time.
- It is usually in the best interest of the patient to have a loved one stay with them to assist as needed.
While At Home
- If suggested by your provider, please use recommended support devices — For example, a cane or walker. This will provide support and help you steady yourself.
- It is common to become slightly dizzy when rising, especially during illness, increased periods of bed rest or when you are taking certain medications. It is recommended to sit up and count to 15 before getting onto your feet.
- Some people find it easier to dress or prepare food while sitting.
- Remove small rugs or other items that could cause you to trip.
- Wear flat, wide-toed shoes.
- Use motion-triggered lights or nightlights to help you see your path in the dark.
- Talk with your healthcare provider and be aware of potential medication side effects that could potentially cause falls.
Tobacco & Smoke-Free Environment
To protect the safety of patients, visitors and employees and encourage a healthier lifestyle, the use of tobacco in any form is strictly prohibited at all Bellin Health facilities. This includes, buildings, grounds, parking lots/structures and in any vehicles parked therein or thereon. Bellin's property is defined as owned, rented or leased property under the jurisdiction of Bellin Health.
Tobacco products include, but are not limited to, items such as cigarettes, cigars, pipes and chewing tobacco. Products that produce the illusion of tobacco use (e.g., e-cigarettes) are also prohibited.
Bellin Health's top priority is looking out for the health and wellness of the community. If you or someone you love are looking to stop smoking or use of tobacco products, visit our tobacco cessation resource for tips, help lines and more.