Tomah Health respects each individual's right to confidentiality in communications and records concerning their care, treatment or services provided. Each employee, member of staff, volunteer, independent contractor, or vendor assumes responsibility to maintain confidentiality and access is based on the need to know basis. We maintain physical, electronic, and procedural safeguards that comply with federal/state regulations to protect your confidentiality.
Tomah Health is a smoke free facility. As a health care institution, Tomah Health recognizes the hazards of smoking and enforces a "no smoking policy" throughout the institution. Patients, visitors, physicians, staff and volunteers are not permitted to smoke on the indoor premises under any circumstances. For your health and the health of others, smoking is only permitted outside of the hospital in the designated smoking area. Please speak to your physician in regard to alternative measures.
Please give your nurse a list of any medications you are taking, including dosage and times. Your nurse will review these with your physician who will make a decision on which medications you should continue to take during your hospitalization. Your nurse will bring your medication to you as ordered by your physician. All medications you may have brought with you, including aspirin, should be returned home as they can interfere or interact with tests or medicines ordered for your treatment.
For your safety and protection, only medicines approved by your physician and supplied by our Pharmacy will be given to you during your stay. Your nurse will ask you questions concerning your past responses to medications and any allergies you may have. You may be asked to wear an allergy bracelet, which alerts all care givers to your allergies.
You may be asked to sign consent forms for certain types of treatment, tests and/or procedures. These tests or procedures will have been explained by your physician and/or staff. If you do not understand the procedure or test you are asked to consent to, tell your nurse, and your physician will be notified. It is important for you to understand the risks, benefits and alternatives available to you whenever you are undergoing anything other than a minor test; (such as having a chest x-ray) or treatment; (such as having the nurse administer intravenous fluids).
Your Personal Belongings
As we cannot accept responsibility for valuables left in your room, we strongly encourage you to give extra money, medications, credit cards, wallets, jewelry, etc. to a family member or close friend to take home. Or as an alternative, you can ask your nurse to put your valuables in the hospital safe.
Eyeglasses, Dentures, Hearing Aids
Eyeglasses, dentures and hearing aids are an important part of your life if you require them in your daily living activities. These items require special care. Tell your nurse that you use these, and you will be provided with a special container for their safety. Take care not to leave any of these items on your meal tray or lying on your bed, as they may be inadvertently disposed of or lost.