Contribute to your own safety

Contribute to your own safety


When you register, you will receive a wristband. Always bring your identity card. The wristband makes it clear who you are under all circumstances. The wristband shows your last name, first name and date of birth. Remember to:

  • check the data on the wristband and to report errors immediately;
  • wear this wristband throughout your hospital stay;
  • inform a nurse if the wristband comes loose or you lose it as soon as possible.


  • Provide an accurate and complete list of the medications you take at home. This list can be found in the information package you received. If necessary, ask your GP or pharmacist for help with filling in your list of medications. Take these drugs, in their original packaging, to the hospital. Put your medications into the paper medicine bag.
  • On arrival at the ward, a nurse will go over the form with you. If you are allergic to certain drugs, please report this during this conversation.
  • The medication that you brought with you from home is kept at the nursing station. You will get it back when you are discharged from the hospital.

Electrical appliances

  • For your safety and that of your fellow patients, we ask that you do not bring any unnecessary equipment with you when you are admitted. The hospital is not responsible for accidents caused by or involving electrical appliances brought from home.
  • The use of mobile phones is permitted, except in the places where it is indicated that use is not permitted.

Fall prevention

Fall prevention

A fall can happen easily. The risk of falling after surgery or when taking certain medications is high. Moreover, the risk of falling also increases with age.

You can reduce the risk of falling during your admission as follows:

  • be careful and ask for help if necessary;
  • if necessary, use an appropriate aid when you take a step;
  • always wear suitable and good footwear;
  • check that the bedside table is close to you and that the call system is within easy reach;
  • report it if you have recently fallen or if you nearly fell;
  • keep moving if your physician allows it.

Have you had a fall in the past six months? Make sure to discuss this with your physician.

The ‘Fall prevention: tips to prevent falls’ leaflet provides tips in relation to personal care and exercise, safe conditions at home, aspects that you should discuss with your physician and what to do should you have a fall.

The ‘Fall prevention ‘just in time’’ leaflet contains more about the importance of staying active. It also provides exercises and further information about aids and equipment.

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Questions? Contact?

Should you have any further questions after you get home, feel free to contact an occupational therapist and/or physical therapist. The Occupational Therapy Fall Prevention Unit can be contacted on: +32 (0)9 246 99 36.

Hospital hygiene and infection prevention

Hospital hygiene and infection prevention

The main mission of the Infection Prevention Team is to prevent health care-associated infections. These infections have significant physical, mental and economic consequences. You, too, can do your part to prevent health care-associated infections by observing the measures shown below.


Pump two doses of hand alcohol into your palm and rub your hands for 30 seconds. Then allow your hands to air dry.

Hand hygiene

Hands serve, both direct and indirectly, as the main transmission route for undesirable microorganisms. Therefore, good hand hygiene is the simplest and most effective way to reduce and even prevent health care-associated infections. Our staff take great care to disinfect and/or wash their hands. Feel free to speak to them about this. It is also important for you and your visitors to wash their hands regularly (e.g. after going to the toilet and before eating). Ask your visitors to sanitise their hands when entering the room. Use the available facilities for this purpose.

Additional information is available in the leaflet below.

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Coughing and sneezing hygiene

Good sneezing and coughing hygiene also prevents the interpersonal transmission of bacteria and viruses. Here are some tips:

  • Always turn your head away if you have to sneeze or cough.
  • Cover your nose and mouth when sneezing or coughing. Use either disposable paper tissues or your elbow crease.
  • Wash hands after coughing or sneezing.

Isolation measures

Patients who are carriers of certain microorganisms will not only be identified but also isolated to prevent further transmission. In which case, we will provide a single room and, depending on the type of germ, we will use specific protective equipment like a protective apron, gloves, protective goggles, etc. We will display these measures on the isolation card attached to the door. It is important that you and your visitors follow these measures properly.

Reporting infections

Always inform your attending physician or the nurse if:

  • you are or were a carrier of a multi-resistant bacterium, e.g. Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus Aureus (MRSA) or Carbapenemase-producing Enterobacteriaceae (CPE);
  • you have frequent contact with pigs or veal calves;
  • you work as a care provider
  • you are (potentially) infected with a specific virus, e.g. COVID-19, HIV.

Notify staff not only during your admission, but also during consultations before and after your hospitalisation. This is how we seek to prevent further spread in the hospital. If necessary, your treatment will be postponed.

You can find more information about this in the MRSA and CPE leaflet.

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Safety limiting measures

Safety limiting measures

Low-fixation policy

Maria Middelares General Hospital stands for experiential care that tries to support the rights, values and convictions of our patients. Our health care providers take into account the personality of each individual and try to find out what is behind every kind of behaviour.

The hospital therefore applies a low-fixation policy, which means that this is only applied if the patient poses a danger to him or herself or others. Fixation is defined as ‘any procedure, material or equipment on or near the patient that cannot be easily removed and which restricts the patient's freedom of movement’.

Such a decision is taken jointly by team members and is reconsidered by the treating team during each patient meeting. The duration of fixation is kept as short as possible. The family of the patient, if they are known, are informed within 24 hours.

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Maria Middelares General Hospital provides care to psychologically vulnerable patients in an atmosphere of trust and safety, and with the maximum degree of self-determination for the patient.

Nevertheless, situations can occur in which the psychological suffering is so great that the safety of the patient can no longer be guaranteed. If, during a crisis, the patient proves to be a danger to him or herself and others, the patient can be isolated in a secure room.

Separation is an exceptional measure that is only applied in extreme situations, always in consultation with the treating team and with the patient and for the shortest possible time. Our care providers act according to a fixed procedure that is integrated into the crisis development model, which focuses on the integrity of the patient within the context of freedom-restricting measures. The family of the patient, if they are known, are informed within 24 hours.

Coercive medication

Maria Middelares General Hospital is fully committed to multidisciplinary care that is customised for the patient. Patient participation regarding the treatment is an important aspect here. In acute crisis situations, it is possible that medication may have to be administered during treatment without the patient's consent. This measure is part of the medication policy and therefore only takes place after definite stipulation on the part of the physician.

The administration of coercive medication is covered by the freedom-restricting measures described in an established procedure. This stresses the exceptional nature of the measures that are only applied when there are no other options. The family of the patient, if they are known, are informed within 24 hours.

Theft prevention; aggression or suspicious behaviour?

Theft prevention; aggression or suspicious behaviour?

A hospital is a public building. Theft of valuables and money can never be completely ruled out. Therefore, please keep the following tips in mind:

  • do not leave valuables in your car and lock it carefully;
  • jewellery and other trinkets (e.g. piercings) are not allowed in the operating theatre for hygienic reasons and are best left at home if possible;
  • do not keep valuables or large sums of money in your room. You can deposit bank cards or important documents for safekeeping. Please ask a nurse about this. If you do become the victim of theft, report it immediately to the nurses or internal security.

If you notice that someone is behaving suspiciously or if you have been the victim of violence, harassment or unwanted (sexual) behaviour, report this immediately to a hospital staff member. The hospital management will be informed and will take the necessary measures.

Avoiding incidents and improvement measures

Avoiding incidents and improvement measures

Have you been involved in an incident?

We have an internal reporting system for incidents and near-incidents To be able to set up improvement actions, it is important that we are aware of these incidents. Do you think that you yourself have been affected by an incident? Make sure that your healthcare provider is informed.

If you wish to, you can also indicate this via the ombudsperson.

Treatment and hospital stays are not always risk-free. There may be side effects, complications or other undesirable events. The approach of our hospital is to limit this as much as possible.

Patient safety is about reducing accidental and avoidable harm in the hospital. In our care processes, we try to prevent errors as much as possible. If they nevertheless happen, we try to learn from them in order to avoid similar incidents happening again.