During Your Stay...

To make sure you stay safe during your hospital stay, there are certain guidelines we as you to follow. Click on the selections below to find out more about things you need to know during your stay here.

Medication and Food from Home
Getting Around
Valuables
Smoking
Nurse-Call System
During the night
Leaving the unit
Telephones
Televisions
Hospital beds
Your identification bracelet
Universal Infection Control Precautions
Mail
Notary Public
Access to Your Medical Records


Medication and Food from Home

All medications required during your stay will be ordered by your physician and supplied by the hospital pharmacy. Using medications not prescribed by your physician may upset a carefully planned program of treatment and could be very harmful to you. Unless ordered by your doctor, we ask that you use no medications brought from home. Please do not bring food from home, unless approved by your doctor. Food storage facilities are not available, and it may interfere with your diet prescription.
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Getting Around

Please notify the nursing staff of your whereabouts at all times. Your doctor will give you and your nurse instructions about time out of bed, walking, use of wheelchair, etc. Check with your doctor or nurse before taking a tub bath or shower. Please do not attempt to get in and out of a wheelchair by yourself. To avoid injury, ask for help.
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Valuables

Please leave all jewelry, money (except for small change) and other valuables at home. If you do have valuable items with you, including medications, you will be asked to seal them in a special envelope which will be kept in a locked location. A receipt for the contents will be placed with your chart. At the time of your discharge, you may obtain your valuables by presenting your receipt to your nurse. Please remember that you are responsible for your dentures, eye glasses, hearing aids and prosthesis. The hospital cannot assume responsibility for your valuables or personal articles kept in your room or on your person.
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Smoke-Free Environment

As a leading healthcare institution, AAMC is concerned not only with the treatment of disease, but also the promotion of wellness. As a result, smoking by patients, employees or visitors is not permitted anywhere in the hospital or on the hospital grounds or in the parking lot. If you or your family member wishes to smoke, they must leave the hospital grounds.
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Nurse-Call System

Calling your nurse is as easy as pushing a button on the hand-held speaker or the bed-rail. When the button is pressed, a light will signal the nursing staff that you need assistance and your nurse or another nursing staff member will answer the call as promptly as possible. A call button is also available in the bathroom. You may request a hotel bell call system designed for persons that have disabilities or may have trouble using the traditional call button.
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During the night

Please stay in bed after you have been prepared for the night. Strange surroundings and sleeping medication may create a hazard for you if you get out of bed. For assistance during the night, use the call button.
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Leaving the unit

If you want to leave the unit, please check first at the nurses' station to make sure your doctor has given approval and to let the staff know where you can be reached. It is important to stay in your room until your doctor has made rounds and daily treatments
have been completed.
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Telephones

Each room is furnished with a telephone. For local calls, dial the ten-digit local number. To call another room inside the AAMC system, simply dial three and the room number. For long distance calls, dial 0 for an operator for help to place the call. Long distance calls can be billed to your home telephone number or a telephone credit card, or may be placed as collect calls. Hearing impaired patients may request special telephones with volume adjustable handsets and red flashing light to signal an incoming call.
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Televisions

Each room is equipped with a television set. The network television channels and patient education channels are available free of charge.
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Hospital beds

Hospital beds are electrically operated, and the nurse will show you how to work the bed properly. The hospital bed is probably higher and narrower than your bed at home. Bedside rails are for your protection. They will be raised at night or during the day if you're resting, recovering from surgery or taking certain medications.
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Your identification bracelet

When your admission interview is completed, an identification bracelet will be placed on your wrist. It is important that you have this bracelet on your wrist at all times during your hospital stay. It is our way of identifying you if you are asleep, under anesthesia or in treatment. If your bracelet is removed, please let your nurse know. Another will be made for you.
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Universal Infection Control Precautions

Universal Infection Control Precautions are observed at AAMC to prevent the transmission of blood-borne diseases. This means our healthcare professionals may wear gloves, eye goggles, or scrubs when caring for you or when handling soiled objects. If you have any questions about Universal Precautions, please ask your nurse.
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Mail

Any mail addressed to you at the hospital will be delivered to your room during afternoons by hospital volunteers.
Your address for receiving mail is:
Name and Room Number
Abbeville Area Medical Center
P.O. Box 887
Abbeville, SC 29620
Outgoing mail may be left at the nurses' station or given to a volunteer. Stamps may be purchased in Administration.
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Notary Public

A notary public is available for medically related services from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. in the Administration Office or the Chief Nursing Officer’s Office.
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Access to Your Medical Records

You or your authorized representative may inspect your medical records during regular office hours with 24 hours advance notice to the Medical Records Department. The Medical Records Department is open from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, and can be reached at 864-366-3266.

Copies of your medical records are available within ten working days upon receipt of a written request by you or your authorized representative. If copies are made for your own use, you will be charged and asked to pay in advance. Copies requested by other physicians or healthcare facilities are free of charge. The Medical Records Department can be reached at Abbeville Area Medical Center, Medical Records Dept., P.O. Box 887, Abbeville, SC 29620.
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