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Your Privacy & Safety

Your Privacy
Upon your admission, you should receive a brochure that explains the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) and our Notice of Privacy Practices. If you did not receive a copy of the Notice of Privacy Practices, please tell your nurse.

Your Safety
Edwin Shaw Rehabilitation Institute is committed to your safety and care. We encourage you to be a patient safety advocate for yourself or loved one. Patient safety is built on a partnership between patients, families and healthcare professionals. It is the right of every patient to be actively engaged in their care - to fully understand the treatment they are receiving and to have all of their questions answered and their concerns addressed. If you have a concern about your safety while you are or were a patient at Edwin Shaw Rehab, we encourage you to contact:

Associate Vice President
Edwin Shaw Rehabilitation Institute
405 Tallmadge Road
Cuyahoga Falls, OH 44221

If your concerns cannot be resolved through the hospital, you can contact the Joint Commission at 1.800.994.6610 or via email at:

All communication will be held confidential, unless otherwise requested or required by law.

These are other important things you should know about when you are in the hospital:

Identification Bands
You will receive an identification bracelet to wear throughout your stay. This band lists your medical record number and is how you are identified. Do not let anyone give you medications, tests or procedures without him or her checking your ID band every time.

Prevent Falls
Falling can result in serious injury. You can help prevent falls by:

  • Wearing slippers or shoes with non-skid soles.
  • Getting up slowly - sit on the edge of your bed for a few minutes. If you feel dizzy or weak, put on your call light.
  • If you have an IV line, call your nurse who will help you get moving.
  • Most of the furniture in your room is on wheels. Don't try to use it for support. Use your call light to get help. Because wheelchairs tip easily, please ask for help when getting into or out of one.
  • Keep items, such as the call light and your phone within easy reach.
  • Don't wait until the last minute to go to the bathroom. Ask for assistance, when needed.
  • Wear the colored identification bracelet you are given to alert staff of your risk for fall or injury.

Leaving Your Unit 
You are invited to enjoy the grounds with approval from your physician or nurse. Please tell your nurse when you leave and be sure to dress appropriately. Visitors must be at least 18 years old to take a patient off the unit.

Date Updated: 18-APR-2016

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