ABOUT YOUR ADMISSION



Your admission to Hardin Medical Center was directed by your physician, who is a member of our medical staff. When you arrive, you or a family member must visit the Admissions Office and supply the clerk with information necessary to complete your admission record. Your cooperation in supplying this information is appreciated. Much of the data requested during this process is very personal. However, it is required by law and will be held in strict confidence.

CONSENT FORMS

Consent forms are required for treatment or surgery and must be signed by you or your representative prior to commencement of any procedure. If you do not understand any of the forms used, please question the personnel presenting the form to you for signature.

ADVANCE DIRECTIVES

All patients have the right to make decisions about their medical care. At the time of your admission, you will be asked if you have executed an Advance Directive. An Advance Directive is a document that states your choice about medical treatment to keep you alive. It may name someone to make choices for you if you cannot. In this way you can legally decide about your future medical treatment. You are not required to have an Advance Directive, but you will be given information at the time of admission regarding this form. If you have any questions or concerns about the information, please ask a member of your nursing staff or the Patient Representative at extension 8269.

IDENTIFICATION BAND

At the time of admission, an identification band will be attached to your wrist. It is important that this band not be removed during your stay. The band identifies you to all those who care for you.

WHAT TO BRING

You should only bring a few personal items such as a bathrobe, pajamas or gown, slippers and toiletry items.

HOME MEDICATIONS

It is very important for our health care team to know which medications you are currently taking at home. You should bring the medications with you, in their original bottles, so that accurate names and dosages can be obtained. These medications should be given to the nursing staff. They will be documented in your medical record. If you are here for observation and your doctor directs you to continue taking these home medications, they will be administered to you by the nursing staff from the medications you brought with you. If you are an inpatient and your doctor directs for you to continue your home medications, the pharmacy will dispense them from our pharmacy and your nursing staff will administer them to you. The medicines you brought with you will be given to a family member to take home or the nursing staff will return them to you at the time you are discharged. Please do not take any medication other than what your nurse gives you. If you feel you need a medication that you are not being given, let your nurse know. She will contact your doctor for instructions.

WHAT NOT TO BRING

Do not bring valuables such as jewelry and money with you to the facility. The hospital will not be responsible for any personal property kept in your room. This includes dentures, eyeglasses and hearing aids. If you mistakenly bring valuables with you, you may send them home with a friend or family member or you may ask your nurse, or the Patient Representative at ext. 8269, to place them in a "Valuables Envelope" for safekeeping in the facility's safe or other locked storage.