Patient responsibilities

Along with your rights as a patient come certain responsibilities to ensure the highest quality healthcare you deserve. As a patient of Advocate Sherman Hospital, you have the responsibility to:

  • Provide, to the best of your knowledge, accurate and complete information concerning your present complaints, past illnesses and hospitalizations and other matters relating to your health.
  • Identify yourself as a person requiring language assistance services.
  • Make it known whether you clearly comprehend your course of medical treatment and what is expected of you. You are encouraged to ask questions necessary for a clear understanding of any course of action and what to expect. If you nursing staff is unable to answer your questions to your satisfaction, your personal physician will be notified to explain any questions that you may have.
  • Seek information about pain relief measures, actively participate in your pain management program and keep your physician and the nurses informed of the effectiveness of pain management measures.
  • Report unexpected changes in your condition to your physician or nurse.
  • Follow both the treatment plan recommended by your physician and the hospital's rules and regulations affecting your care and conduct, including the instructions of nurses and other health professionals as they carry out your physician's orders.
  • Accept responsibility for your actions should you refuse treatment or should you choose not to follow your physician's orders.
  • Show consideration of the rights of other patients and hospital personnel and for your behavior in the control of noise, smoking and the number of visitors in your room.
  • Show respect for your personal property, as well as the property of others and that of the organization.
  • Assure your financial obligations for your healthcare are fulfilled as promptly as possible.
  • Follow the established policies and procedures of Advocate Sherman Hospital.