||Patient Rights & Responsibilities|
At OMH, it’s our policy to treat all patients with the respect and dignity that they deserve. We guarantee that our employees will make every effort to uphold patient rights and provide optimal care to all hospital patients. OMH will also make every effort to inform patients of their rights and responsibilities, while in the care of the hospital.
Okmulgee Memorial Hospital supports the right of each patient:
NOTE: If the patient has been adjudicated to be incompetent, is declared by his or her treating physician to be medically incapable of making treatment decisions, or is a minor; the patient’s guardian, next of kin, or legally authorized surrogate may exercise these rights to the extent permitted by law.
- To a reasonable response to requests and needs for medical care without regard to race, creed, age, sex, national origin, religion, handicap or ability to pay.
- To respect, dignity, comfort and personal privacy.
- To be informed of his or her health status and to participate in the development and implementation of his or her plan of care.
- To receive information necessary to make treatment decisions regarding his or her care, to accept or refuse treatment and to be informed of medical consequences of treatment refusal.
- To have the patient or his or her representative make informed decisions regarding his or her care.
- To formulate advance directives, to the extent permitted by law, and to have hospital staff and practitioners who provide care in the hospital comply with these directives.
- To have a family member or representative of his or her choice and his or her physician notified promptly of his or her admission to the hospital.
- To receive, at time of admission, information about Okmulgee Memorial Hospital’s patient rights policy and information concerning the expression of concerns about quality of care and the hospital’s mechanism for handling these. Patients may express any such concerns to the employees involved, the supervisor, or administration, verbally or in writing.
- To personal privacy and confidentiality of information, within the limits of the law and the operational requirements of the hospital.
- To access information contained in the patient’s medical record within a reasonable time and within the limits of the law and the operational requirements of the hospital, unless it’s not medically advisable to do so; in which case, the information shall be given to the legally authorized representative.
- To be free from all forms of abuse and harassment.
- To reasonable safety in practices and the environment.
- To receive a medical screening exam by an appropriate person to determine if an emergency medical condition exists.
- To participate in the consideration of any ethical issues that may arise in the care of the patient.
- To respect the sanctity of the human body after death.
- To be informed of any experimentation or other research or educational projects affecting care or treatment.
- To be free from any form of restraint, physical restraint or drug being used as a restraint, that is not medically necessary or is used as a means of coercion, discipline, convenience or retaliation by staff.
Okmulgee Memorial Hospital recognizes the responsibility of each patient:
- To provide accurate and complete information about present complaints, past illnesses, hospitalizations, medications and other matters relating to the patient’s health.
- To report changes in his or her condition to the physician and to the nursing staff.
- To ask questions until he or she clearly comprehends the contemplated course of action and what is expected of him or her.
- To follow hospital rules and regulations affecting his or her care and conduct.
- To be considerate of other patients and hospital personnel and assist in the control of noise and the number of visitors
- To assure that his or her financial obligations for medical treatment received are fulfilled as promptly as possible.
- To understand that the right to be involved with health care decisions cannot be equated with the ability to demand medically unnecessary treatment or care.
- To provide a signed copy of existing advance directives.
- To take an active role in promoting a safe environment by asking questions and reporting any safety issues to hospital staff.