What to Expect During your Hospital Stay
Preparing You for Admission to the Rehab Program
Patients and their families need to understand that the rehabilitation level of
care requires a different mix and number of licensed personnel. Please
ask your team about the expected nurse-to-patient and patient-to-aide ratios for the unit.
Our first priority is to provide you with the care you need when you
need it, with skill, compassion and respect. Tell your caregivers if you
have concerns about your care or if you have pain. You have the right
to know the identity of the physicians, nurses and other personnel involved in your
care, and you also have the right to know when these personnel are students, residents
Please share any concerns you may have with the nurse or other individual
in charge of that area. Your nurse will document your concerns and
share them with the manager/director of the area. You will be contacted
by the manager/director within 24 hours to explain the investigation
process, at which time you will be given a time frame in which to expect a response or resolution.
If you wish to discuss your concerns at the next level, please
contact the Director of Quality Services at 410-448-6733, or the
Executive Office at 410-448-6895. Hospital quality of care concerns may also be reported to the State of Maryland Office of Health Care Quality (55 Wade Avenue, Catonsville, MD 21228) at 877-402-8218, and/or the Joint Commission's Office of Quality Monitoring at 800-994-6610.
Caught You at Your Best
If you are especially satisfied with the care you received from an individual
staff person, please complete our “Caught You At Your Best” form.
These forms are located at various areas throughout the hospital. It
gives you the opportunity to acknowledge any special services you feel
you received during your stay.
A Safe and Clean Environment
The UM Rehabilitation & Orthopaedic Institute staff works hard to keep you safe. We use special policies
and procedures to avoid mistakes in your care and keep you free from
abuse or neglect. If anything unexpected and significant happens during
your hospital stay, you will be told what happened, and any resulting
changes in your care will also be discussed with you. If you have any safety
concerns, dial our OOPS hotline. (410-448-6677)
A housekeeper is scheduled to clean each patient’s room daily. The
housekeeping staff works to ensure your environment is safe and practices
to maintain our infection control policies. You may not see your
housekeeper if you are in therapy. If you have questions or concerns,
please call extension 6281.
Involvement in Your Case
You and your team often make decisions about your care during your
hospital stay. The decision-making process should include:
- Discussing your medical condition and information about medically
appropriate treatment choices.
- Understanding your health care goals and values.
- Discussing your treatment plan.
- Getting information from you.
- Understanding who should make decisions when you are unable to
make them. It is recommended that you select one individual to be
the family’s spokesperson. This individual will be included in sharing
information that would normally be your call and would be responsible for
sharing this information with family members and close friends.
Protection of Your Privacy
We respect the confidentiality of your relationship with your team and
the sensitive information about your health and health care that are
part of that relationship. State and federal laws and hospital operating
policies protect the privacy of your medical information. You will
receive a Notice of Privacy Practice that describes the ways we use,
disclose and safeguard patient information and explains how you can
obtain a copy of information from our records about your care.
Preparing You and Your Family for When you Leave the Hospital (Discharge Planning)
For rehabilitation patients:
Discharge planning begins in the hospital
when you are evaluated by the rehabilitation team. Your team at
UM Rehabilitation & Orthopaedic Institute will help you prepare for discharge and teach you and your
family how to best care for you at home or in other appropriate settings.
Before you leave, your physician may prescribe medications and
supplies to use at home. Your physician and treatment team may also recommend
home-based or outpatient-based therapy services. UM Rehabilitation & Orthopaedic Institute
Orthopedics & Rehabilitation offers a hospital-based outpatient therapy
program as well as two satellite practices in Woodlawn and
Timonium. Your physician may also schedule a follow-up visit to check your
progress. (A member of your treatment team may also call you at home
to see how you are doing.) The success of your treatment often depends
on your efforts to follow medication, diet and therapy plans. Your discharge
date is subject to change based on your progress.
Your family may need to help care for you at home. You can expect us
to help you identify resources for follow-up care and to let you know if
UM Rehabilitation & Orthopaedic Institute has a financial interest in any referral setting. As long as you
agree that we can share information about your care with them, we will
coordinate our activities with your caregivers outside UM Rehabilitation & Orthopaedic Institute. You can
also expect to receive information and, when possible, training about
the self-care you will need when you go home.
On the day of discharge, please arrange with your family or friends
to be picked up prior to 1 p.m.
For surgery patients:
The case manager on your unit reviews your
chart each day and updates your insurance company on your progress
toward meeting treatment goals. The case manager also discusses your
condition and the level of services you’re receiving with your treatment
team. He or she uses this information to determine your discharge date and
resources you may need when you leave the hospital.