Safety for Your Infant or Child
Ensuring the protection of all patients is very important, and it is especially important for our littlest patients. We have several features on our maternity floor to protect our newborns. All nursing units on the maternity floor are locked units, including Labor and Delivery Unit, Women and Newborn Unit and Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU). To enter the unit, family members and visitors need to use the phone on the wall outside the locked door to call the nurses' station. They will be allowed to enter the unit once their identity is verified.
At the time of delivery, infant identification bands are made and matching bands are placed on the newborn's arm, leg, the mother's wrist and the father's wrist (or support person of the mother's choosing). These bands are checked regularly by the nursing staff. In addition to the typical patient identification wristband, our moms and newborns also wear special security wristbands. These special bands are placed on mom and baby as soon as the infant is born, and serve two purposes:
- To ensure we match the right infant with the right mother.
- To ensure no infant is wrongfully taken out of the unit.
When an infant is brought into the mother's room, if the mom's band and the infant's band match, a lullaby will be heard. An alarm will sound If the bands do not match. The alarm will also sound if an infant is carried through the locked doors off the unit.
Our Pediatric Unit cares for children of all ages. Because we want to make sure that these children are in a safe environment while they are with us, the pediatric unit is a locked unit. Family members and visitors need to use the phone on the wall outside of the locked door to call the nurses' station and enter the unit. They are able to enter the unit once their identity is verified.
We encourage parents to stay with their child while their child is in our care. We know that your presence is a comfort to your child, and helps to keep the lines of communication open between you, the staff and the physicians. When you need to leave the unit, we ask that you notify the nurses so they can be more attentive to your child while you are away.
We have special bands that our pediatric patients wear, in addition to the typical patient identification armband. The sounds the special bands make ensure that your child remains safe on the pediatric unit. If a child is taken through the locked doors of the unit, an alarm will sound. If you want to take your child off the pediatric unit for awhile, our nurses can disable the alarm. Be sure to check with the nurses so they can do this.