4 Steps to Fall Prevention

4 Steps to Fall Prevention

Prevent_FallYou may be surprised to know that falls are the leading cause of accidents for people over the age of 65. We ask you and your family to help us prevent you from falling while you are in the hospital. These are things you can do to make your stay in the hospital safer:

If you are wearing a yellow “Fall Prevention” bracelet, PLEASE don’t get up by yourself. We don’t want you to fall or get hurt. Call the nurse for help!

 

1. We assess all patients for fall risk

If you are at risk of a fall, we provide the following:

  • Fall Risk door magnet
  • Fall Risk bracelet
  • Yellow non-skid slipper socks

 

2. Share information with your nurse

  • If you have a history of falling at home.
  • If you are dizzy, weak or unsteady on your feet, do not get up without help.
  • If you use a walker or cane at home, you should also use it in the hospital.

 

 

3. Fall prevention tips for your hospital stay

  • Make sure the nurse call button is within reach and you know how to use it.
  • If you have an IV line, ask for help moving your IV machine.
  • Keep the room clutter-free. • Keep the top two side rails up.
  • Make sure lighting is adequate in your room so you are able to see, especially at night.

 

 

4. Ask for help

  • Ask someone to assist you whenever you get up. Call for help before the need to get to the bathroom becomes urgent. Most hospital falls occur when patients try to get out of bed to go to the bathroom without assistance.
  • Consider asking a family member to stay with you if you are at a high risk for falling.

Inclement Weather Plan & Closings

Inclement Weather Plan & Closings

ARHS Closings and Cancellations

(828) 262-4346 or
(855) 812-8369 toll free

When an Inclement Weather Warning has been issued, please call the ARHS Inclement Weather phone line and/or visit the ARHS website to see if the Inclement Weather Plan has been activated before leaving home for your appointment.

What does it mean for patients?

Inclement Weather Plan Activated

For the safety of our patients and staff, Appalachian Regional Healthcare System (ARHS) outpatient facilities may be closed. A list of the outpatient facilities that may be affected in the event of inclement weather are listed below

Medical Offices and Outpatient Facilities: Contact the outpatient facility to reschedule your appointment.

Inpatient Units at Cannon Memorial Hospital and Watauga Medical Center do not close during inclement weather.

Appalachian Regional Healthcare System hospitals are open 24 hours a day, 7 days week. If you have an emergency, please proceed to your nearest emergency room or call 911.

AppUrgent Care Walk-In Care for patients with non-life threatening illness or injury: Open these hours, even during inclement weather. Monday-Friday 8 am – 7 pm, Saturday-Sunday 9 am – 5 pm.

 

Which facilities are affected?

During inclement weather events, Appalachian Regional Healthcare System (ARHS) outpatient facilities may close early, delay opening or be closed an entire day. The following is a list of locations and services that may be affected.

 

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Facilities are operating on a normal schedule unless otherwise noted.

Emergency & Urgent Care

AppUrgent – OPEN

Baker Center Walk-in Clinic – 2-hour delay

Cannon Memorial Hospital – OPEN

Watauga Medical Center – OPEN

 

Appalachian Regional Medical Associates

AppGastro – 2-hour delay

Appalachian Regional Internal Medicine Specialists – 2-hour delay

AppOrtho – 2-hour delay

Baker Center for Primary Care – 2-hour delay

Boone Urology Center – 2-hour delay

Davant Medical Clinic — 2-hour delay

Elk River Medical Associates — 2-hour delay

Grandfather Specialty Clinic — 2-hour delay

Harmony Center for Women — 2-hour delay

Jefferson Specialty Clinic — 2-hour delay

Tate Clinic — 2-hour delay

Watauga Surgical Group — 2-hour delay

 

Outpatient Services

Appalachian Regional Behavioral Health — 2-hour delay

Appalachian Regional Outpatient Imaging and Lab Center — 2-hour delay

Appalachian Regional Pain Management Center — 2-hour delay

Cardiac Diagnostic Testing (CDT) — 2-hour delay

The Cardiology Center — 2-hour delay

Outpatient Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation — 2-hour delay

Outpatient Behavioral Health — 2-hour delay

Outpatient Cardiopulmonary — 2-hour delay

The Rehabilitation Center — 2-hour delay

Seby B. Jones Cancer Center — 2-hour delay

Surgical and Anesthesia Services — OPEN

The Sleep Center at Watauga Medical Center — 2-hour delay

THRIVE: Transition to Wellness — 2-hour delay

The Wound Care Center — 2-hour delay

When an Inclement Weather Warning has been issued, please call the ARHS Inclement Weather phone line and/or visit the ARHS website to see if the Inclement Weather Plan has been activated before leaving home for your appointment.

What does it mean for patients?

Inclement Weather Plan Activated

For the safety of our patients and staff, Appalachian Regional Healthcare System (ARHS) outpatient facilities may be closed. A list of the outpatient facilities that may be affected in the event of inclement weather are listed below

Medical Offices and Outpatient Facilities: Contact the outpatient facility to reschedule your appointment.

Inpatient Units at Cannon Memorial Hospital and Watauga Medical Center do not close during inclement weather.

Appalachian Regional Healthcare System hospitals are open 24 hours a day, 7 days week. If you have an emergency, please proceed to your nearest emergency room or call 911.

AppUrgent Care Walk-In Care for patients with non-life threatening illness or injury: Open these hours, even during inclement weather. Monday-Friday 8 am – 7 pm, Saturday-Sunday 9 am – 5 pm.

 

Which facilities are affected?

During inclement weather events, Appalachian Regional Healthcare System (ARHS) outpatient facilities may close early, delay opening or be closed an entire day. The following is a list of locations and services that may be affected.

 

Follow Appalachian Regional Healthcare System on Facebook and Twitter at @apprhs for the latest updates.

Hospital Police

Call Hospital Police at 262-4168.

The Appalachian Regional Healthcare System Police Department is committed to the safety and security of the patients, visitors, staff, and the public that utilize all the facilities that make up Appalachian Regional Healthcare System. The department’s focus is to instill a sense of peace and order in a safe environment. The department values the trust of the healthcare system’s patients and staff. We strive to maintain that trust by making life better and safer for the healthcare community.

If you have information about a crime, but would prefer to remain anonymous, please complete our anonymous crime report form.

Anonymous Crime Report

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Hospital Police History

The Appalachian Regional Healthcare System Police Department has full subject matter jurisdiction and powers to arrest in accordance with NC GS 74E.

Appalachian Regional Healthcare System began as Watauga Medical Center, Inc. utilizing sworn police officers to provide security in 1974. Two part time officers were employed from the Boone Police Department and the Watauga County Sheriff’s Office, under the supervision of Sgt. Willie Trivette, who later became the first Chief of Hospital Police. The department continued to grow and became a 24 hour on-site department under Chief Lawford Critcher until his retirement in 1992.

Under the direction of Chief Robert M. Watson (Ret), Watauga Medical Center established a Company Police Department in August of 1993 under North Carolina General Statute 74-E. In 2005, Watauga Medical Center Company Police was dissolved and Appalachian Regional Healthcare System Company Police Department was established in order to service our newly created health care system with campus spanning both Watauga and Avery counties. Chief Watson served as the Chief of Hospital Police for 13 years until his retirement in August 2006 after 26 total years in law enforcement.

The Appalachian Regional Healthcare System Company Police Department is currently directed by Shawn M. Peele, Chief of Police/Director of Safety and Emergency Management. The department employs 22 sworn police officers who have met and maintain all North Carolina Criminal Justice Training and Standards for law enforcement and commissioned by the North Carolina Attorney General Company Police Program.

Telecommunication Staff are certified through the North Carolina Sheriff’s Training and Standards Commission for Telecommunicators maintaining certification through the Division of Criminal Information, State Bureau of Investigation. This certification allows access to the National Crime Information Center for information on wanted or missing persons.

Healthy Environment

Tobacco Use

For the health, safety and well being of our patients, visitors and employees, the use of tobacco products is prohibited on all ARHS properties. This includes all the campuses of Appalachian Regional Healthcare System, including buildings, grounds, parking areas, walkways and vehicles. If you would like help to stop smoking, call 800-QUIT NOW.

 

Visiting while sick

It’s always a good idea to avoid visiting the hospital when you have symptoms of sickness. Here are some things you can do to prevent catching or spreading infection:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water, especially after you cough or sneeze. Alcohol-based hand cleaners are also effective.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth. Germs spread this way.
  • Try to avoid close contact with sick people.
  • Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Throw the tissue in the trash after you use it. After coughing or sneezing, wash or sanitize your hands.
  • If you don’t have a tissue, cough or sneeze into your upper sleeve, not into your hands.
  • If you get sick with flu, stay home from work or school and limit contact with others to keep from making them sick.
  • Get the recommended seasonal flu vaccine.

 

Hand hygiene

Alcohol-based hand sanitizer is provided throughout our facilities.  When using hand sanitizer, rub hands until they are dry. You have the right to ask your health care provider to wash his or her hands before and after treatment.

 

Cell phone use

Cellular phones may interfere with clinical patient monitoring equipment. Signs will indicate areas where cell phone usage is not allowed. In addition, cell phone conversations can be disruptive in quiet environments. We ask that you limit extended cell phone conversations to areas including lobbies, dining areas, and waiting rooms.