Frisbie Memorial Hospital is committed to providing safe care to all patients. We have in place initiatives designed to prevent mistakes or potential harm, such as:
To learn more about improving communication between patient and health care providers, visit the Patient Education Program, Ask Me 3, web page for resources, including a video on patient/provider communication.
- Surgical safety checklist
- Fall prevention
- Medication safety
- Improving communication between patient and care providers
- Prevention of pressure ulcers
- Infection prevention
In addition, we maintain a proactive approach to patient safety. For more information, please download Frisbie Memorial's Speak Up flyer.
Patients are encouraged to play an active role in their care:
- Ask questions if you have doubts or concerns about your care.
- Ask a family member or close friend to be your healthcare advocate. If you are admitted to the hospital you may be too ill to ask questions or to ensure that your healthcare care plan is being followed as prescribed by your doctor.
- Have doctors and nurses explain the care plan and the recovery goals required for hospital discharge.
- Keep a current list of all your medications and bring the list to all medical and hospital appointments.
- Get the results of any medical tests or procedures.
- Make sure you understand what will happen if you require surgery.
- An average patient hospital stay is three days. Upon discharge, we may recommend additional services to assist in your recovery. Please consider these recommended services as they may help prevent another hospital stay.
Prevention of infection is our priority; Frisbie Memorial Hospital has one of the lowest infection rates in the State of New Hampshire, which can be attributed to three behaviors that have proven to reduce the spread of infection:
- Frequent use of hand washing sanitizer
- Surgical Site Infection Prevention through administration of preventive antibiotics at time of surgery
- Immunizations - we strongly recommend and immunize patients against seasonal influenza (October - April), and for pneumonia all year long. These respiratory conditions, which to some extent are preventable, are common, yet can often be problematic, for patients.
For more information, visit NH DHHS for a full report on all NH hospital infection rates.