Patient Safety

Questions

Answers

I notice that your and your fellow employees always check my house for safety problems. What do you look for?

Yes, as part of our regular service, we conduct a safety assessment for our clients.  It is important to us that our clients are safe.  We look for hazards that may cause you to fall.  We look for items such as faulty electrical plugs and open flames that may cause a fire.  We check for working fire extinguishers and smoke alarms.  We look for any situation in your environment that may cause you harm.

My doctor just prescribed a walker. How can I use it safely?

If you have been prescribed a walker, then you need a little help with mobility.  Get rid of clutter that may be in a hallway, doorway, or walkway. Make sure that you have moved throw rugs from the walkways in your home, so that you do not trip.  Make sure there are no extension cords that cross the walkways. Be especially careful if there are steps in your home. Try to clear the floors as much as possible. Watch for uneven floors or loose boards and small pets. At night, keep a night-light burning so that you do not trip in the darkness.

If I am going to use a power wheelchair, what adjustments will I need to make in my home?

When we place a power wheelchair in your home, we always conduct an in-home assessment to insure adequate width of doorways and other passageways within the home.  We recommend that you utilize the slower speed on the chair when acclimating to the chair.  Also, be careful to avoid traveling too close to furniture and other obstacles.  Because of our detailed home assessment, you should have minimal adjustments but maximum benefits in accessing all areas of your home.

What safety concerns are there if I use home oxygen?

Oxygen itself does not burn, but it promotes combustion when combined with fuel and heat.  Keep your oxygen equipment away from any open flame.  Position your equipment so that there is good ventilation around it. Do not use any petroleum-based products around the oxygen. This includes petroleum jelly on your skin.  Make sure your oxygen cylinders are in stands or carts, and do not store them in your closet. The most important safety tip is that you should not smoke while using your oxygen, and you should not allow others to smoke in the same room with you and your equipment. We suggest that you post “No Smoking” signs on your door as a reminder.

Is it important to have a back up source of oxygen?

In Southwest Oklahoma, we sometimes have power outages due to storms.  Oxygen concentrators operate on electricity. Therefore, Home Health Products always delivers back up oxygen cylinders to use in case of a power failure. We will give to you enough oxygen for you to use until our technicians can reach you.  It is important to us that you have plenty of oxygen to use in a disaster.

I’m struggling with daily duties because of limited mobility and dexterity. What kind of medical equipment does Home Health Products carry that would help me?

We have standard walkers, rollator walkers with wheels and seats, and wheelchairs to help you get around your home.  We have commode extenders, tub transfer benches, shower seats, grab bars, and hand-held showers to make your bathroom safe and accessible for you.  You might consider a reacher-grabber to help you reach items that have fallen on the floor or are stored in a cabinet out of reach.  Many of our customers realize that using some or all of these products help them accomplish daily tasks with greater independence and confidence.

In an emergency, can I get help from you?

We are on call 24 hours a day to help our patients for emergencies involving our medical equipment.  If you have any problems with your oxygen or medical equipment, we will help you. You can call our regular telephone number, 580-379-6840, after hours, and one of our technicians will return the call.  Remember though that if you have a medical emergency not involving our equipment, you should call 9-1-1 for help.