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PATIENT RESPONSIBILITIES


Provision of Information
A patient has the responsibility to provide, to the best of his knowledge, accurate and complete information about present complaints, past illnesses, hospitalizations, medications, and other matters relating to his health. He has the responsibility to report unexpected changes in his condition to the responsible practitioner. A patient is responsible for reporting whether he clearly comprehends a contemplated course of action and what is expected of him.

Compliance Instructions

A patient is responsible for following the treatment plan recommended by the practitioner primarily responsible for his care. This may include following the instructions of nurses and allied health personnel as they carry out the coordinated plan of care, implement the responsible practitioner’s orders, and enforce the applicable hospital rules and regulations. The patient is responsible for keeping appointments and, when he is unable to do so for any reason, for notifying the responsible practitioner or the hospital.

Refusal of Treatment
The patient is responsible for his actions if he refuses treatment or does not follow the practitioner’s instructions.

Hospital Charges
The patient is responsible for assuring the financial obligations of his health care are fulfilled as promptly as possible.

Hospital Rules and Regulations
The patient is responsible for following hospital rules and regulations affecting patient care and conduct.

Respect and Consideration
The patient is responsible for being considerate of the rights of other patients and hospital personnel and for assisting in the control of noise, smoking, and the number of visitors. The patient is responsible for being respectful of the property of other persons and of the hospital.

Advanced Directive
You have the right under Kentucky law to refuse any treatment that you do not wish to receive. An Advance Directive can be signed in advance so that your wishes will be followed. Living Will and Durable Power of Attorney documents are given to each patient upon admission. If you have any questions about advance directives we will be glad to have our Utilization Nurse visit with you for more information.

Ethical Issues
Wayne County Hospital Ethics Committee is available to assist anyone who has a medical ethical question relating to the health care of a patient. Please express your concerns to your health care team to receive information needed about this process.

Standard Precautions
Standard Precautions applies to all patients receiving care at Wayne County Hospital. Because it is often not possible to know when an individual may be infectious, the use of Standard Precautions represents the best method to reduce the risk of infectious disease transmission in the health care setting. These precautions are implemented by using personal protective equipment, this being gloves, fluid-resistant gowns, masks, and protective eyewear. The amount of personal protective equipment used is determined by the potential for exposure.

Hand Washing
Hand washing is the single most effective means of preventing the spread of germs. Hand washing is most significant when done after having contact with a patient. It is also just as important to wash hands after toileting, before and after eating, and after touching potentially contaminated surfaces. Should you have any questions regarding the topics mentioned above, please ask to speak to the Infection Control Nurse.

Grievance Reporting
The patient has the right to file a grievance when his or her rights have been violated. The contact person for filing a grievance at this facility is the CEO or designee.  The Grievance Committee will complete an investigation within seven days of receiving the grievance. Within ten days the Patient will receive by certified letter the notice of the Grievance Committee decision that will include the name of the hospital contact person.

If after evaluation of the Grievance Committee the Patient still evaluates the grievance unresolved; the Patient may in writing request that the administrator submit the grievance to the Board of Directors.

The Board of Directors will complete evaluation of the grievance within seven days. After which another certified letter will be sent to the patient confirming the results of the board evaluation.
If the grievance is still unresolved, the Patient will be advised in writing of the right to file a complaint with the appropriate local, state and federal civil offices.

The Office of Inspector General, 275 East Main Street, Frankfort, Kentucky 40621 Telephone: 1-502-564-2800