What Should I Bring?
When you come to Crawford Memorial Hospital as a patient, there are several things you can bring to help with your check in.
Bring a form of personal identification such as a driver's license, birth certificate, social security card, etc.
Bring your Physician Order Form. If your physician did not supply you with an order form, please know your physician's name, telephone number and the type of procedure you are having performed..
Bring information regarding who to contact in case of an emergency.
Bring all of your current medications in their labeled bottles.
Bring your health insurance information.
If you have Advance Directives or Healthcare Power of Attorney information, please bring it.
If you are coming for outpatient surgery, remember you will probably need someone to drive you home and stay with you after being discharged.
There are also a few items you should not bring to the Hospital with you such as jewelry, large amounts of cash, other valuables, etc.
If you have questions, please contact our Admitting Department at 618-546-2519.
At Crawford Memorial Hospital, safety is everyone’s responsibility, including our patients and visitors. We want to make sure that we are always maintaining a safe environment and delivering the highest standard of care to our patients. Your comfort and safety is one of our main concerns. The hospital has an active safety program designed to reduce the risks of accidents.
If you don’t know the name of the person caring for you, ask them their name and look for identification.
Ask questions if you don’t understand something about a procedure that is being done or a medication you are taking. Those caring for you should be able to explain what is being done and why, the name of the medication, and the dose you are taking.
Ask about the location of the nearest exists, fire extinguishers and what to do in an emergency.
Ask your nurse to teach you how to operate things in your room like your bed, TV, call button and telephone. Follow directions you receive about asking for help when getting into and out of bed and when moving from one place to another. Patients are often a little less steady when they are taking some medications or are just recovering from a medical procedure and it’s okay to ask for help.
If something is in your way in your room or has spilled on the floor, be sure and tell your nurse so they can help remove the item or spill.
Wear slippers or socks with non-skid soles when walking in the hospital. Use your call button if you need assistance and wait for someone to come before getting out of bed.
Keep your call button, TV remote, telephone and other things that you will likely use frequently within easy reach. Ask for help bringing them closer if you need it.