Your child's safety

Alarms

For your child’s safety, medical equipment has built-in alarms to let hospital staff know when your child or equipment needs to be checked. For this reason, we ask family members and visitors not to shut off alarms or disconnect children from equipment. If you have any concerns about your child’s equipment or alarms, please let your child’s care provider know right away.

Electrical items from home

Equipment that generates heat such as curling irons, flat irons and hair dryers is not allowed.

Electrical outlets

For your child’s protection, all patient care areas have tamper-resistant outlets. These outlets do not need caps or covers to be safe.

Fire

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.

Hand hygiene

Cleaning your hands is the best way to decrease the spread of germs. A waterless sanitizer and soap are available in every patient room. Everyone who cares for your child should clean their hands before they touch him or her. Don’t be afraid to remind your child’s care providers to clean their hands.

Wash your hands with soap and water when visibly dirty, such as after contact with blood, body fluids, bandages or diapers, before eating and after feeding your child and after using the bathroom. Use the waterless sanitizer if your hands are not visibly dirty. For safety purposes, put the hand sanitizer on your hands and avoid touching others, equipment or bedding until thoroughly dry. Wash your hands with soap and running water after using the hand sanitizer five to 10 times.

Isolation

Infectious disease precautions help to prevent the spread of germs among patients. There is a sign on the wall outside the room that tells you about the precautions. An information sheet is available from your child’s care provider. Most patients under infectious disease precautions will need to stay in their rooms. Depending on how the germ is spread, you may have to wear protective clothing such as a gown or gloves. The protective clothes must be removed before you come out of the room and your hands must be cleaned after leaving the patient’s room.

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.
Preventing falls – 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 he or she is safely buckled in.

Reporting a safety concern

Parents are encouraged to report potentially unsafe situations or events involving 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, contact his or her 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.

Tornado/severe weather

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.