Your Responsibilities as a Patient

Your health care is a cooperative effort between you, your physician and the staff. You have a responsibility to help us provide you with the best possible care.

To help us give you the very best care, please:

  • Provide a complete and accurate medical history when asked to do so.
  • Report unexpected changes in your condition to your physician or nurse.
  • Follow treatment recommendations given by your health care providers and discuss your concerns if you do not agree with the plan.
  • Listen to your health care providers and read the information you are given regarding rules and regulations.
  • Tell your doctor or nurse if you do not understand your treatment or what you are expected to do.
  • Be considerate of other patients and of Allegiance Health staff and property.
  • Report to your doctor or nurse any concerns you may have about safety risks in
  • your care.

To help your health care team manage your pain, please:

  • Ask what to expect based on your condition and treatment.
  • Talk to us about pain relief options.
  • Work with us to make a pain relief plan.
  • Let us know when pain first begins.
  • Help us measure your pain.
  • Tell us about any pain that does not get better.
  • Discuss with us any concerns you have about becoming “hooked” on pain medications. 

Severe chest pain is not always present with a heart attack, especially for older adults, people with diabetes and women. They may experience sudden shortness of breath, coughing, dizziness, fatigue or weakness. Don’t take a chance. Call 9-1-1.