Your room assignment at Mercy – North Iowa is based on your admitting diagnosis and the bed availability on the day of your admission. You may be moved several times as your health changes. Private (single bed) and semiprivate (two bed) rooms are available. Insurance usually does not cover the full cost of a private room.
Your Identification Bracelet
The identification bracelet you received upon admission is used frequently by your healthcare providers (doctors, nurses, technicians, etc.) and other staff members to ensure that you are receiving the proper care. YOU MUST WEAR THE BRACELET AT ALL TIMES WHILE YOU ARE A PATIENT IN THE MEDICAL CENTER. Thank you for your cooperation.
Calling Your Nurse
A button to call your nurse is located at your bedside. When you press the button, the nurses’ station is alerted that you need assistance, and a light flashes on above your door. A staff member will respond to your signal as soon as possible.
Hospital beds are electronically operated, and your nurse will show you how to work your bed properly. Your hospital bed is probably higher and narrower than your bed at home. Bedside rails are for your protection. They may be raised at night or during the day if you’re resting, recovering from surgery or taking certain medications.