Your room assignment at Providence Alaska Medical Center is based upon your admitting diagnosis and the bed availability on the day of your admission.
Your Hospital Bed
Most medical center beds are electrically operated, and your nurse will show you how to work your bed properly. Your medical center bed is probably higher and narrower than your bed at home. Bedsides rails are for your protection. They may be raised at night or during the day if you're resting, recovering from surgery or taking certain medications.
All rooms in the medical center are centrally heated and air-conditioned. If your room temperature is not comfortable, please notify your nurse.
Calling Your Nurse
A button to call your nurse is located at your bedside. When you press the button, the nursing station is alerted that you need assistance, and a light flashes on above your door. A staff member will respond to your signal as soon as possible. If you are having chest pain or have another urgent need, please tell that to the person who answers your call over the intercom.
Leaving the Unit
If you want to leave the unit, please check first at the nurse's station to make sure your doctor had provided a written order and let the staff know where you are going and when you will return. Please talk with your nurse before you leave the unit so we can plan your treatment schedule. It is important to stay in your room until your doctor had made rounds and treatments have been completed. If you are wearing a heart monitor, it is very important that you stay on the unit.
During the Night
Please stay in bed after you have been prepared for the night. Strange surroundings and sleeping medications may create a hazard if you get out of bed. For assistance during the night, use your call button.
The hospital operator will transfer your phone calls to your room. Between the hours of 10:00 p.m. and 6:30 a.m., all call will be sent to your nurse's station first. If you are in adult critical care unit or pediatrics intensive care unit, all calls will be sent to your nursing station and they will forward to your room as appropriate. Your family and friends can call you in your room by calling our main medical center number at 562-2211.
A complete channel directory is on the inside left panel of this book. Channel 3 is our spiritual care channel. Catholic Mass is televised at 11:30 a.m. every day expect Saturdays. At other times, relaxing mediations tapes and lighthearted movies are shown on this channel. Please be considerate of other patients by playing TV sets softly and by turning off your set at bedtime.