About Your Visit
Visitors can make your hospitalization more pleasant and enhance your recovery. We encourage patient families to visit their loved ones. However, at CHI St. Luke's Health Brazosport, patient care is our primary concern and we recommend that visitors stay as long as it is helpful to the patient. Some units have special hours, so please check with your nurse. Please note that some areas have quiet time in the afternoon, so our patients can get the rest they need. If you have any questions, please consult the nurse on duty. We request that all visitors cooperate with the visiting guidelines as follows:
- Only two visitors are allowed to visit a patient at one time.
- Siblings may visit mother and baby in the mother's room.
- No small children are to be left unattended on hospital premises.
In the need of critical intervention, we ask that you allow our care team to treat your loved one and step out of the room. We thank you for respecting our visitation guidelines.
To ensure patient privacy, CHISLHB reserves the right to limit the use of any type of camera or video/audio recording device inside of any CHISLHB facility. Patients, visitors or any team members are not allowed to photograph hospital property/items or other patients and their visitors without reasonable consent.
WHAT TO BRING TO THE HOSPITAL?
- Advance Directive (if you have one).
- Robe, footwear, extra clothing as appropriate.
- Toiletry articles (toothbrush, toothpaste, deodorant, etc).
- Insurance information and personal identification (driver's license and/or identification card).
- Hair dryers and electric razors are the only electric appliances you are permitted to bring.
CELLULAR PHONES AND RADIOS
Because of possible interference with patient monitoring devices, two-way radios are not allowed in the hospital. Cellular phones are allowed in all waiting rooms on the 1st floor, 4th floor and 5th floor, the Café and the Front Lobby.
We strongly advise that you do not bring any valuables to the hospital. If you find yourself at the hospital with your valuables, please have a family member and/or friend take them for safekeeping. If other arrangements are not possible, you may deposit your valuable items in the hospital vault located at the Emergency Services Business Office. Please pay close attention to your eye glasses, contact lenses hearing aids, wheelchairs, walkers, and dentures. The hospital is not responsible for valuables kept in your room. If you placed items in the vault, please remember to retrieve your valuables upon discharge.
To ensure medication safety, be an active partner in your healthcare. We encourage you to ask questions about the medication you receive, what it does and the potential side effects.
- Don't be afraid to tell the nurse or doctor if you think you are about to receive the wrong medication.
- Tell your doctors and nurses about allergies or adverse reactions you are currently having or have had in the past.
- Keep a list of your medications including over-the-counter medications and herbal supplements. Bring the list with you to the hospital or when you visit your doctor. This medication list should be current and include what you are actually taking at home.
- Take a record of the medications prescribed at discharge to your physician when you go for your follow-up visit.
- Do not take medication from home, including vitamins or herbs, while you are in the hospital unless specifically instructed to by your doctor or nurse.
It’s important for you to bring a list of prescription and non-prescription medications that you are presently taking with you to the hospital. All medications you take while in the hospital are prescribed by your physician, dispensed by the hospital Pharmacy and administered by a nurse. Patients are not permitted to administer their own medications or keep personal medications at their bedside unless approved by the patient’s physician. If needed, be sure to ask for additional information about the medications that you are prescribed.
LOST AND FOUND
In case of an unfortunate situation, lost and found items are stored in the Environmental Service Department. If you believe you may have misplaced an item, please call ext. 1901 or (979)-285-1901 and leave a message.
CHI St. Luke's Health Brazosport is a now a tobacco-free campus. The new policy extends the current tobacco-free hospital policy to include all outside grounds of properties owned by CHI St. Luke's Health Brazosport. The policy applies to all employees, medical staff, volunteers, patients and visitors. Thank you for your help to maintain a healthy atmosphere for those in and around the hospital. Please click for frequently asked questions about our tobacco-free campus.
At CHI St. Luke's Health Brazosport we know that it is important that you feel safe and trust the care you receive. Our staff is committed to providing your healthcare in a safe manner. We encourage you to be actively involved in making your care as safe as possible. To help you assist us in providing this care, please keep the following tips in mind.
- Always wear the ID bracelet provided to you at admission
- Everyone who takes care of you should ask to see your name band
- If someone offers you medication, comes to draw your blood, or wants to take you for a procedure or test without asking to see your band, please request them to do so
CHI St. Luke's Health Brazosport has a fall prevention program that includes assessing patients for their risk of falling and using a purple armband to assist patients and caregivers in knowing what to do to avoid falls.
- Follow instructions and precautions to prevent a fall
- Do not hesitate to call for assistance, we are here to help
- Get up slowly from the bed or chair to prevent dizziness
- Wear nonskid footwear. Avoid loose-fitting shoes such as flip-flops.
- Report spills or hazardous conditions to your healthcare team
- Have necessary items placed within reach: phone, tissue, water, pitcher, call light, and anything you need
- Use your call light to call for assistance to get things that are beyond your reach
Preventing infections in the hospital is everyone’s responsibility. Here are four easy things you can do to fight the spread of infection:
1. Make sure healthcare providers clean their hands and wear gloves.
- Doctors, nurses, and other staff come into contact with lots of bacteria and viruses. Before they treat you, ask them if they’ve cleaned their hands. Everyone should either wash their hands with soap and water or use the alcohol hand rub.
- Health care providers should wear clean gloves when they perform tasks that may expose them to your blood or body fluids such as taking throat cultures, taking blood, or touching wounds. Don’t be afraid to gently remind them to wear gloves.
2. Clean your hands.
- Use soap and warm water. Rub your hands really well for at least 15 seconds. Rinse and dry hands. Shut faucet off with a paper towel.
- Clean your hands before or after touching or eating food and after you use the bathroom.
3. Cover your mouth and nose. Many diseases are spread through sneezes and coughs. Cover your mouth and nose to prevent the spread of infection to others.
- Use a tissue! Be sure to throw away used tissues and then clean your hands.
- If you don't have a tissue, cover your mouth and nose with the bend of your elbow. If you use your hand to cover a cough or sneeze, wash them right away.
4. If you have a visitor or family members who are sick, ask them to delay their visit until they are well.