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  • Responsibilities of Patients and Families

  • The Vanderbilt Rehabilitation Center at Newport Hospital has the right to expect behavior from our patients and families that, considering the nature of the illness involved, is reasonable and responsible.

    1. You and your family are responsible for providing, to the best of your knowledge, accurate and complete information about present complaints, past illnesses, hospitalizations, medications and other health-related matters.
    2. You and your family are responsible for reporting unexpected changes in your condition.
    3. You and your family are responsible for asking questions if you do not understand what you have been told about your care or about what you are expected to do.
    4. You are responsible for following the treatment plan and instructions developed with your doctor, including instructions from nurses and other hospital staff.
    5. You are responsible for taking only drugs prescribed by your physician and no other drugs.
    6. You and your family are responsible for expressing your concerns about your ability to follow the proposed course of treatment.
    7. You and your family are responsible for the outcome if you refuse treatment or do not follow instructions.
    8. You and your family are responsible for keeping appointments and for notifying your doctor or the hospital when you are unable to keep an appointment.
    9. You and your family are responsible for ensuring that your financial obligations to the hospital and doctors are fulfilled as promptly as possible.
    10. You and your family are responsible for following hospital rules and regulations regarding care and conduct.
    11. You and your family are responsible for being considerate of the rights and confidentiality of other patients and of the Vanderbilt Rehabilitation Center at Newport Hospital personnel, and for assisting in the control of noise and the number and age of visitors.
    12. You and your family are responsible for observing the Vanderbilt Rehabilitation Center's no-smoking rule.
    13. You and your family are responsible for respecting the property of other patients and staff at the hospital.
    14. You and your family are responsible for informing your doctor and your health care team of any advance directives you have.

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