Keeping Your Child Safe
Rady Children’s Safety Measures
We promise to do our best to keep your child safe by:
- Washing our hands before touching your child
- Checking your child’s identification wristband before providing food, medication, or delivering therapy.
- Respecting your child’s privacy needs
- Talking to you about the medications your child is taking at home, is getting in the hospital and will be sent home with
- Talking to you about medication side effects
- Teaching you how to care for your child in the hospital and when you get home
Infection Prevention Guidelines
For the health and safety of our patients, we follow infection prevention guidelines. There are several ways that you can help prevent the spread of infection:
- Hand washing. All visitors should wash their hands when entering and exiting your child’s room, before and after touching your child, and as needed. You can expect all health care providers to wash their hands before caring for your child. Ask your healthcare provider to wash their hands if you don’t know that it’s been done. Alcohol gel or soap and water are both effective ways to clean hands.
- Preventing the spread of respiratory infections. Many diseases are spread through sneezes and coughs. To prevent the spread of infection, cover your nose and mouth when you cough or sneeze. Use a tissue, or cough into your elbow. If you use your hands to cover your mouth, wash your hands right away. Encourage others to cover their coughs, as well.
- If you are sick, but feel you still need to be at the hospital with your child, please talk to your child’s nurse about extra precautions that you should take, including wearing a mask to prevent spreading illness.
- Standard precautions. As part of standard precautions, all healthcare providers will wear protective equipment (clean gloves, masks and gowns) when providing care and performing certain tasks. Staff members wear these items to prevent the spread of infection.
- Transmission-based precautions (contact, airborne or droplet). Additional precautions may be taken when patients have confirmed or suspected infectious illnesses. A sign will be placed on your child’s door indicating the type of precautions in place. Your nurse can provide you with additional information on the type of precautions needed during your child’s hospitalization.