Acute Pediatrics Unit

 

Dear Families:
 
Welcome to the Pediatrics Unit. The following guidelines will help us provide quality care for your child.
 
Your child will be care for by various members of the healthcare team throughout hospitalization. Our goal is to assist you and your child during this time.
 
Parents are encouraged to help bathe, feed, change diapers, and care for their child as much as possible, as this helps decrease the amount of stress experienced by your child. Please let the nurse know what care you want to provide and when you would like to do it.
 
In order to help prevent the incidence of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) and suffocation, parents are not allowed to sleep in the same bed with infants less than 1 year of age.
 
Because of space limitations, we encourage one parent to spend the night. A foldout bed, reclining chair, or cot will be provided as long as they are available. During the night, please position your bed in such a way that there is a clear path to your child for nursing care. The evening staff will supply you with linen for your bed.
 
There is a shower across the hall, which you are welcome to use. The staff will provide you with towels upon request. Please keep the area clean as a courtesy to the other parents. The bathroom in your room is for patient use only. Please use the public rest room at the end of the hall or in the lobby area.
 
There is a phone at each patient’s bedside area, which you may use. Dial “9” for outside calls. For long distance calls, dial “9” then “0”. These calls must either be collect or by credit card. All calls to your room may be placed through the hospital operator, at 682-7111, by identifying the child by name or room number.
 
Hours for visitors other than parents are from 9 AM to 9 PM. Please note that only two visitors are allowed at one time for each patient. If you have more than two visitors, you are welcome to visit in the lobby at the entrance of the unit. Children who are visiting must be supervised by an adult at all times.
 
We appreciate your cooperation as we work together to give the best possible care to your child. If any questions or problems arise, please feel free to contact me or any member of the nursing staff.