KNOW YOUR RIGHTS
It isn’t easy going to the hospital, but it is important to remember that you have rights and a role regarding your treatment and care. Watch the latest video with the Speak Up gang to find out how to speak up and help make better decisions about your care.
AT THE DOCTOR’S OFFICE
The Joint Commission’s series of animated Speak Up™ video, this one on going to the doctor’s office. You’ll meet Marge Popple, who learns why it’s important to write down questions about her health, share a list of medications with the doctor, and fully understand everything that is explained during medical checkups.
REDUCE THE RISK OF FALLING
Read about the sixth episode of The Joint Commission animated Speak Up™ series, “Speak Up: Reduce the Risk of Fallling.” The video explains the importance of taking extra precautions to reduce the risk of falling by talking to your doctor if medication makes you feel lightheaded or confused, having your eyes examined to see if you need new glasses or contacts, speaking up when you need getting up — especially while in the hospital, and exercising to improve strength and stability.
PREVENT THE SPREAD OF INFECTION
The Joint Commission’s series of animated Speak Up™ video, this one on infection control. Be sure to share this new video with your family and friends! The cast of characters in the infection control video encounter situations where they have to “speak up” in everyday life, such as asking others to wash their hands before preparing food, asking co-workers to stay home when they’re sick, and encouraging others to get a flu shot to prevent the spread of illness.
TAKE MEDICATION SAFELY
The Joint Commission’s series of animated Speak Up™ video, this one on taking medication safely. The cast of characters encounter everyday situations where they have to read instructions, ask for directions and inspect labels, just like you do for medications to make sure you take them safely. Be sure to share this new video with your family and friends!
Aches and Pains aren’t fun. It’s important to speak up about your pain, so you can get the right treatment. Watch the latest Speak Up video and you’ll meet the Pains — a band of mischievous scamps who cause trouble for the main characters!
PREPARING FOR SURGERY
When your doctor recommends surgery, it can make you feel alone and afraid. Taking steps to be prepared will help you feel more in control.