Patient Responsibilities

Patient Responsibilities

IN ADDITION TO PATIENT RIGHTS, A PATIENT ALSO HAS CERTAIN RESPONSIBILITIES. THESE RESPONSIBILITIES ARE PRESENTED TO THE PATIENT IN THE SPIRIT OF MUTUAL TRUST AND RESPECT.

  • The patient has the responsibility to provide accurate and complete information concerning his/her present complaints, past illnesses, hospitalizations, medications (including over the counter products and dietary supplements), allergies and sensitivities, and other matters relating to his/her health.
  • The patient and family are responsible for asking questions when they do not understand what they have been told about the patient’s care or what they are expected to do.
  • The patient is responsible for following the treatment plan established by his/her physician, including the instructions of nurses and other health professionals as they carry out the physician’s orders.
  • The patient is responsible for keeping appointments and for notifying the facility or physician when he/she is unable to do so.
  • The patient/family member/patient representative is responsible for disposition of the patient valuables.
  • The patient is responsible to arrange transportation home from the facility and for someone to remain with him/her for a time designated by his/her physician unless that requirement is waived by the attending physician.
  • It is the responsibility of a parent or guardian to remain in the facility for the duration of a pediatric patient’s stay in the facility.
  • The patient is responsible for his/her actions should he/she refuse treatment or not follow his/her physician’s orders.
  • The patient is responsible to inform the facility whether the patient has a living will, medical power of attorney or other directive that could affect his/her care.
  • The patient is responsible for being respectful of all of the health care providers and staff, as well as other patients.