You have an important role to play in the outcome of your child's care as a patient at Kosair Children's Hospital.
The following are some things you can do to assure a safe hospital stay for your child:
Speak up if you have concerns. It is okay to ask questions and expect answers you can understand. Take a relative or friend with you if this will help you ask questions and understand the answers.
Know what medicines your child takes. Bring a list of all the medicines your child takes with you when you come to the hospital. Do not keep home medicines with you at the hospital. Make sure to send all medicines back home after the doctor or nurse has seen them.
Tell your child's doctor if your child takes over the counter medicines such as aspirin, ibuprofen, vitamins, and herbals.
Make certain the doctors and nurses are aware of any drug, food, or environmental allergies your child has-including latex allergies.
Look at all medicines before your child takes them. If it does not look like what your child usually takes, ask why. It may be a generic medicine or different medicine than normally ordered.
Ask if any test or procedure will require any dyes or medicines before the test is done. Remind you doctor or nurse if your child has any allergies to dyes or medicines.
Make sure to keep your child's hospital ID band on at all times. This is the best way that the caregivers can identify your child.
Make sure your child's doctor explains the results of all tests and procedures to you. Do not assume the results are okay if you do not get them. Ask what the results are and what they mean.
Make sure you understand what will happen if your child needs surgery. Your child's surgeon should explain to you the benefits and risks of the planned procedure. They should also talk to you about any other options you might have.
Tell the surgeon, anesthesiologists and nurses if your child has ever had allergies or reactions to anesthesia. Anesthesia is the medicines used in surgery to make you go to sleep.
Your child's surgeon may mark the site on the body where your child is supposed to have surgery. This may help to reduce the chances of any confusion.
Learn About Your Child's Condition and Treatment
Don't hesitate to remind caregivers of any problems your child may have which may put your child at risk, such as allergies or medical conditions. This is especially important when your child is moved to another area of the hospital or when health care providers care for your child for the first time.
Make certain you are familiar with all members of your child's health care team. Hospital employees wear a photograph identification badge that displays their name, title, and department.
Question anyone you are not familiar with or who does not have an identification badge. Ask this person who they are and what role they have in your child's care. Report anything suspicious to your child's nurse or other health care provider.
Handwashing is an important way to prevent the spread of infections in the hospitals. Consider asking all health care workers or other individuals that may have direct contact with your child if they have washed their hands.
Make sure you know what to do for your child when you get home. If you are not sure about the home care, such as any changes in medications or activity levels, find out before you leave the hospital.
All electrical outlets at Kosair Children's Hospital are hospital grade. These outlets are childproof and do not require outlet covers.
Name tags are provided and must be worn by all family members and visitors.