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Your child's safety
For your child’s protection, all patient care areas have tamper-resistant outlets. These outlets do not need caps or covers to be safe.
It tells you how you can get important information quickly during an emergency.
If there is a fire, stay in your area and wait for instruction from staff. The hospital is designed to detect a fire early, and can resist the spread of fire and smoke.
Cleaning your hands is the best way to decrease the spread of germs. There is a waterless sanitizer and soap in every patient room. Everyone who cares for your child should clean their hands before touching them. Don’t be afraid to remind your child’s care providers to clean their hands.
Everyone should wash their hands with soap and water when there is visible dirt. This includes:
- after contact with blood, body fluids, bandages or diapers
- before eating and after feeding your child
- after using the bathroom
Use the waterless sanitizer if hands are not visibly dirty. For safety purposes, rub the hand sanitizer into your hands and avoid touching others, equipment or bedding until thoroughly dry. If you have used the hand sanitizer more than 5 times, wash your hands with soap and running water.
Your help in keeping an eye on your child's IV is important. Find out what to look for.
Give your child’s nurse a list of the medicines your child is taking.
Tell all of your child’s care providers what medicines your child is taking and their weight. This includes prescription and over-the-counter medicines. Be sure to include dietary supplements like vitamins and herbs.
- If your child’s medicine is different from what was prescribed before, ask the care provider to double-check the order.
- Make sure the care provider checks your child’s hospital ID band before giving your child any medicine.
- Ask for information about your child’s medicines in terms you understand – both when medicines are prescribed and when you get them from the hospital or pharmacy. Know the side effects of any medicines your child is taking.
- When you pick up your child’s medicine, make sure it is the right medicine. Ask if you have questions about the directions on your child’s medicine labels.
If you cannot find your child, tell a hospital employee.
We understand children wander or do not tell parents where they are going. We have a process in place to find your child.
Nurse call system/emergency cords
Each patient room and bathroom has a call cord. Pulling this cord will let the patient care staff know your child needs help.
To prevent falls and injuries, make sure your child’s bed or crib rails are up and locked. The wheels on your child’s crib or bed always should be locked. Never leave your child alone with the bed or crib rails down. If your child uses swings, bouncers or infant chairs, make sure they are safely buckled in.
Reporting a safety concern
Parents are encouraged to report anything that might be unsafe for their child or themselves. This reporting will not affect the care your child receives but will help us make improvements and keep our environment safe. If you have a concern about your child’s safety while at the hospital, call Patient Relations at (414) 266-7848. If your child has a medical need or emergency, call their nurse first.
Sharp objects and disposal
Never put sharp objects within reach of a young child, in the trash container or on the bed. Special boxes are provided for disposal of sharp objects. They are in each patient room on the wall or counter. Ask your child’s care provider for help.
A severe weather watch or warning is announced if a severe weather warning has been issued. Stay calm. Close curtains over the windows. Move your child to the hallway and wait for instructions from staff.