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Important Patient Safety Tips
Here is helpful information to keep your child safe while he or she is in the hospital. You and your child are the center of the health care team. Make sure to take part in all aspects of care and that you speak up with concerns and questions.
- Make sure your health care provider checks your child's identity (I.D.).Your health care provider should check your child's I.D. band before giving any medicine, drawing blood or sending your child for tests, treatments or procedures.
- If your child is 13 years or under and staying in the Pediatric Unit, a second wrist or ankle band with a security tag/sensor will be placed on your child.
- Check the badge of all health care providers.Pediatric nurses and doctors have a teddy bear on their badge. Always ask the care provider to show you proper photo identification before going for tests and procedures.
- We are careful about who enters the Pediatric Unit and PICU to visit your child. At the time of admission, we will ask you to wear a purple I.D. band with your child's name on it so we can easily identify you as the parent. Visitors are allowed to visit your child only with your permission.
- Move around safely in the Pediatric Unit and PICU and at your child's bedside to prevent injury to yourself or your child:
- Wear slippers or shoes whenever you are in the Pediatric Unit or PICU. Ask your care provider for assistance when you need it or if your child feels weak or dizzy.
- Make sure the side rails are always up on the crib or bed when you leave or turn away from your child’s bedside even for a moment.
- All children under two (2) years of age must sleep in a crib with the side rails up. Children 2-3 may be considered for a regular bed if that is what they use at home.
- When to call
When a noticeable change occurs and if after speaking with the nurse or physician, you continue to have serious concerns on how care is being managed.
- How to call
Dial O from any hospital phone and say,
“I’m calling to activate Code Help – Pediatrics.”
Once activated, members of the Pediatric Rapid Response Team will arrive in your child’s room to assess the situation and address your concerns.
- You may also call our licensing agencies to report concerns. The Joint Commission Division of Accreditation Operations at (800) 994-6610 or at www.jointcommission.orgOpens new window and click on “Speak Up”.
Note: This information is not meant to replace any information or personal medical advice which you get directly from your doctor(s). If you have any questions about this information, such as the risks or benefits of the treatment listed, please ask your doctor(s).
Produced by the staff and physicians at California Pacific Medical Center in association with the Center for Patient and Community Education. Last updated: 11/13
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