Safety is the cornerstone of everything we do at Holland Hospital. Following are some of the practices in place to assure a hospital experience focused on your safety, care and comfort.
Wear your hospital identification (ID) band at all times while in the hospital. You may also receive other wrist bands for specific health conditions. If you lose or remove your ID band, tell the nursing staff so they can get you another one.
Staff ID Badges
Every health care professional, staff member or volunteer involved in
your care is required to wear a photo identification badge. This
enables you to know who is involved in your care at all times. If you
question the identity of any staff member involved in your care, please
summon a nurse immediately with the nurse call button.
Your Positive ID
Staff will ask you to identify yourself, or have your advocate identify you, before performing tests and procedures.
The bar code on
your wrist band enables hospital staff to positively identify you with one
swipe of a scanner. It also provides your date of birth, medical record
number and other necessary information. Your care team will check your wrist band each time they give you medications, including IV medications.
If you are scheduled for surgery, we ask you to confirm where you are having surgery and to mark the surgical site. Your medical team will have a formal “time out” immediately before your procedure for staff to again confirm the patient, procedure and site.
Staff will take appropriate precautions to prevent the spread of infections in the hospital. When blood is drawn, a label is immediately printed in your presence. You will be asked to confirm that the tube is labeled correctly with your name.
Keep a list of the medications you take, including the dosages.
It is very important that you inform your physician and nurse of any medication you have brought with you to the hospital. Patients should not take any medications other than those specified or approved by their physician and administered by the nursing staff
- Our nursing units use Pyxis machines to dispense medication accurately and efficiently. These computerized machines are monitored by our in-hospital pharmacy to supply medications in prescribed doses, decreasing the chance of medication error.
- Wear slippers or shoes with non-skid soles. Hospital floors can be slippery. Get up slowly. Sit on the edge of your bed for a few minutes. If you feel dizzy or weak, put on your call light.
- Your hospital bed is probably higher and narrower than your bed at home. When needed, call for help getting into or out of bed. If the siderails are up don't try to climb over or between them. Use your call light to get help.
- If you have an IV line, use your call light to get help moving with your IV.
- Most of the furniture in your room is on wheels. Don't try to use it for support. Use your call light to get help. Because wheelchairs tip easily, please ask for assistance when getting into or out of one.
- Keep items within easy reach. Ask your nurse or someone else to place your call light, glasses, phone or other needed items where you can easily get to them.
- Don't wait until the last minute to go to the bathroom. Get up slowly and ask for help if needed. Make sure the light is on if it's dark.
Hand washing is the single most important thing health care workers
can do to prevent infection. Holland Hospital’s hand washing policy
requires all employees to “wash in, wash out” each time they enter or
leave your room. If you notice that a health care provider does not wash
or sanitize their hands, it is okay to remind them, and we encourage
you to do so.
For your health, it is also important that you wash your own
hands before you eat, after using the bathroom, bedpan or commode, and
after touching something soiled.
For the protection of our patients and visitors, Holland Hospital regularly conducts fire and disaster-preparedness drills to help us maintain our high level of readiness in the event of a true fire or disaster. During a drill, hospital staff may temporarily close all doors on the floor. Patients and visitors are asked to remain in their room until the drill is over.
Extra Security for Newborns
Our HUGS Protection System provides a high level of security to prevent infant or child abduction. This is in addition to the many protection procedures already in place at Holland Hospital. Nurses and staff in the Boven Birth Center wear pink ID badges for easy identification.
Wheelchairs for patients or visitors are located on all nursing units and at hospital entrances. For safety purposes, please ask for assistance from health care staff when getting in and out of a wheelchair.
Additional Safety Measures for Patients and Visitors
For the well-being of all our patients, no one should visit the hospital if they are not feeling well, have a cold, or have been exposed to a contagious illness. All visitors should wash their hands when they enter a patient's room; a sink and hand sanitizer are located just inside the door.
Cell phones may not be used in any patient care areas and should be
turned off. The radio frequency signals used in this technology can
interfere with the operation of medical equipment.
We provide 24-hour security staff who make frequent rounds. If you
have a security concern or would like to request an escort to your car,
call Security Services at (616) 394-3736.
Due to severe allergic reactions to latex rubber suffered
by some patients, latex balloons are not permitted in the hospital.
Visitors are asked to bring Mylar balloons instead to bring cheer to their patient.
To ensure the health and safety of Holland Hospital patients,
visitors and employees, smoking is not permitted in any Holland Hospital
building or on the premises, including walkways and parking facilities.
Holland Hospital offers smoking-cessation classes throughout the year
for the entire community. For information, call the Center for Good Health at (616) 394-33344 or see
class listings at hollandhospital.org.
Holland Hospital prohibits persons from carrying a handgun, firearm, or prohibited weapon of any kind onto hospital property regardless of whether or not the person is licensed to carry the weapon. The only exceptions are law enforcement officers or other persons given written consent by the hospital to carry a weapon while performing specific tasks for the hospital.
Prohibited weapons include all firearms, explosives, illegal knives or other weapons restricted under local, state, or federal law.