YOUR RIGHTS AS A PATIENT IN OUR HOSPITAL
To protect the basic rights of human beings, Crystal Clinic Orthopaedic Center has adopted specific guidelines to ensure the private rights of each patient. If you have any questions about the information that appears in this documentation, please contact our patient liaison at (330) 670-6144.
Access to Care
You shall be accorded impartial access to treatment or accommodations that are available or medically indicated, regardless of race, creed, sex, national origin, religion or source of payment for care. You, your family and your designee shall also be included in ethical discussions and decisions that may arise during the course of your care.
To avoid compromising Crystal Clinic Orthopaedic Center's quality of care, clinical decisions (including tests, treatments and other interventions) are based on identified patient healthcare needs, regardless of how the hospital compensates its employees or clinical staff. This philosophy is supported by policies and procedures available to patients, clinical staff, licensed independent practitioners and hospital personnel upon request.
Respect and Dignity
You have the right to considerate, respectful care and informational privacy, as manifested by the right to:
- Refuse to talk with or see anyone not officially connected with the hospital, including visitors or persons officially connected with the hospital but who are not directly involved in your care.
- Wear appropriate personal clothing and religious or other symbolic items, as long as they do not interfere with diagnostic procedures or treatment.
- Be interviewed and examined in surroundings designed to assure reasonable audio/visual privacy. This includes the right to have a person of one's own sex present during a physical examination, treatment or procedure performed by a health professional of the opposite sex.
- Expect that discussion or consultation involving your care will be conducted discreetly, and individuals not directly involved with your care will not be present without permission.
- Have your medical record read only by individuals directly involved in your treatment or the monitoring of its quality, and by other individuals only with your written authorization or unless required by state or federal law.
- Expect all communications and other records pertaining to your care, including the source of payment for treatment, to be treated as confidential.
- Request a transfer to another room if the patient in your present room or the patient's visitors are unreasonably disturbing you.
- Be placed in protective privacy when it is considered necessary for your personal safety.
You have the right to expect reasonable safety insofar as the hospital practices and environment are concerned.
You have the right to know the identity and professional status of individuals providing service to you and to know which physician or other practitioner is primarily responsible for your care. This includes your right to know of the existence of any professional relationship among individuals who are treating you, as well as the relationship of the hospital to any other health care or educational institution involved in your care. Your participation in clinical training programs or in gathering of data for research purposes should be voluntary.
You have the right to obtain from the practitioner responsible for coordinating your care complete and current information concerning your diagnosis (to the degree known), treatment and any known prognosis.
This information should be communicated in terms that you can reasonably be expected to understand. When it is not medically advisable to give such information to you, the information should be made available to a legally authorized individual.
You have the right to access people outside the hospital by means of visitors and by verbal and written communication. If you do not speak or understand the predominant language of the community, you should have access to an interpreter.
Confidentiality of Admission
You have the right to request that your admission to the hospital be kept confidential. If you would like your stay at the hospital to remain confidential, please inform your nurse.
If you do choose confidentiality, people outside the hospital will not have access to you via hospital communication. This means you will not be able to receive flowers, mail or incoming phone calls, and operators will not confirm your stay at the hospital to people who may inquire.
You, at your own request and expense, have the right to consult with a specialist.
You have the right to be reasonably informed about and to participate in decisions made involving your health care. To the degree possible, this should be based on a clear, concise explanation of your condition and of all proposed technical procedures, including the possibilities of any risk or mortality, serious side effects, problems related to recuperation and probability of success.
You should not be subjected to any procedure without voluntary, competent and understanding consent or that of your legally authorized representative. Where medically significant alternatives for care and treatment exist, you shall be so informed.
You have the right to know who is responsible for authorizing and performing procedures or treatments.
You shall be informed if the hospital proposes to engage in or perform human experimentation or other research and educational projects affecting your care or treatment, and you have the right to refuse to participate in such an activity.
Refusal of Treatment
If you are a competent adult, you may refuse treatment to the extent permitted by law. When refusal of treatment by you, the patient, or your legally authorized representative prevents the provision of appropriate care in accordance with ethical and professional standards, the relationship with the patient may be terminated upon reasonable notice.
Transfer and Continuity of Care
You may not be transferred to another facility unless you have received a complete explanation of the need for the transfer and the alternatives to such a transfer, and unless the transfer is acceptable to the other facility.
You have the right to be informed by the responsible practitioner or his delegate of any continuing health care requirements following the discharge from the hospital.
You have the right to request a transfer to another facility if you are not satisfied for any reason.
As a patient of Crystal Clinic Orthopaedic Center, you can expect to receive information about pain and pain relief measures, to be cared for by professionals who respond quickly to reports of pain, that your reports of pain will be believed, and that you will have a concerned staff that is committed to pain prevention and management.
With the exception of Medicaid and General Assistance, you have the right to request and receive an itemized and detailed explanation of your total bill for services rendered in the hospital. You have the right to timely notice prior to the termination of your eligibility for reimbursement by any third-party payer for the cost of your care.
Hospital Rules and Regulations
You should be informed of the hospital rules and regulations applicable to your conduct as a patient. You are entitled to information about the hospital's mechanism for the initiation, review and resolution of patient complaints.
You have the right to voice your concerns without compromising your access to care. You can make a complaint or compliment directly to the hospital by calling the patient liaison at Crystal Clinic Orthopaedic Center at (330) 670-6144. If your complaint isn't resolved to your satisfaction, you may file a complaint with the state or federal regulatory agency or with The Joint Commission. Complaints may be filed with the Ohio Department of Health's Complain Unit or The Joint Commission at the following addresses:
The Ohio Department of Health Complaint Unit
246 N. High Street
Columbus, OH 43215
The Joint Commission
Office of Quality Monitoring
1 Renaissance Blvd.
Oakbrook Terrace, IL 60181
Phone: (800) 994-6610
Fax: (630) 792-5636
Medicare Beneficiaries Only
If you are a Medicare beneficiary and have a complaint regarding quality of care, disagree with a coverage decision, or wish to appeal a premature discharge, you may contact KePRO to lodge a complaint:
Rock Run Center, Suite 100
5700 Lombardo Center Drive
Seven Hills, OH 44131
An ethics committee has been established to assist patients, families, medical and other hospital staff in locating resources to assist in addressing or resolving ethical issues and/or concerns regarding patient care. The committee is dedicated to protecting patient rights and interests. For more information about the ethics committee, contact the Crystal Clinic Orthopaedic Center patient liaison at (330) 670-6144.
Patient Safety Information
We at Crystal Clinic Orthopaedic Center would like to assist in making your stay with us as safe and comfortable as possible. The following suggestions may help:
- Become a more informed healthcare consumer. SPEAK UP if you have questions or concerns about your care. You may want to write down questions to ask your doctor.
- Check your identification arm band and make sure it has your correct full name and birth date. The identification band will be used to identify you prior to giving medications, blood specimen collection or diagnostic testing by your caregivers. Don't be afraid to ask them to check your arm band before they do any procedure or test or give you medicines.
- Pay attention to the care you are receiving. Don't assume anything. Know the procedures you are to have, and make sure healthcare workers tell you what they plan to do before consenting to a procedure.
- Notice whether your caregivers have washed their hands. Hand washing is the most important way to prevent the spread of infections. Don't be afraid to gently remind or ask a doctor or staff member to do this.
- Please inform your doctor and nursing staff about all medications you take. This should include all prescriptions, as well as any vitamins, dietary supplements, herbal or over-the-counter drugs.
- Please inform the doctors and nursing staff of known allergies or any reactions you may have had with medications in the past. When you are prescribed new medicines or different doses, ask the following questions:
- How does this medicine work for me?
- Are there any side effects; if so, what do I do if they occur?
- Is this medication safe to mix with other medications?
- What food, drink or activities should I avoid while taking this medication?
- Please ask which physician is in charge of your care while you are a patient. Let them know how you think your care is progressing. Please feel comfortable asking questions about your care, as it is very important that YOU become part of your health care team.
- Know your surroundings to avoid falls. If you feel weak or dizzy when you sit or stand up, remember to ask for help. Let us know if you have fallen recently or have a history of falls.
- To prevent falls, we recommend you wear slippers with non-skid soles or slipper socks with gripper soles or shoes for walking.
- Notify the nursing staff whenever anything spills.
- Please inform your nurse if you use any assistive devices for hearing, ambulating or seeing. Let us know if we can assist you.
- Prior to discharge, you (or a family member caring for you) can discuss your discharge instructions or plan with your doctor or nurse. Ask when you are to visit your doctor and if you need to call their office for test results.