For Your Safety

Partnering with Our Patients

Many hospitals across the country are working to make health-care safety a priority. We encourage our patients to be active participants in their health-care through the use of the “Speak Up” program.

Speak up if you have any questions or concerns, and if you don’t understand, ask again.
Pay attention to the care you are receiving. Ask questions when you don’t understand.
Educate yourself about your diagnosis, medical tests and your plan of care.
Ask a trusted family member or friend to remain with you if you are unable to ask questions for yourself. K now what medications you take and their purpose.
Use a health-care organization that has undergone rigorous on-site evaluations.
Participate in decisions about your treatment. You are the center of your health-care team.

Fire Drills

For your protection, the hospital conducts fire and disaster drills regularly. If a drill occurs while you are here, the staff will be closing your door, please remain in your room and do not become alarmed. The hospital is a fire-resistant building and the staff is trained in fire protection.


Special regulations are in effect in areas where patients are receiving oxygen. Electrically operated equipment and aerosol products are not permitted in these areas. Absolutely no open flame is permitted in any area of Palomar Health.

Smoking Policy

Palomar Medical Center Downtown Escondido is a non-smoking facility. Smoking is not allowed anywhere on campus.


Wheelchairs are available on all nursing units. Because seating yourself and standing up without assistance may be hazardous, please ask for help from a member of the hospital staff.

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