Settling In

Each patient gets an identification (or ID) band when checking into the hospital. The band contains important information that helps us meet your child's individual needs. Please make sure your child wears the band throughout his or her stay. If a band is removed, falls off, or becomes uncomfortable, let your child's nurse know immediately.

Room Assignments

Settling in - Parent and Child

We assign children to rooms based on their medical needs and nursing care requirements.

  • Most children are in double rooms and, where possible, we try to match them with a roommate of the same gender and similar age.
  • We will make every attempt to honor requests for private rooms. However, we cannot guarantee one of them will be available during the time of your child's stay. Isolation or private rooms must be used when a diagnosis requires that a child be placed alone in a room.
  • We try to keep children in the same room for their entire hospital stay, but on occasions we may need to relocate patients.

Your Child's Hospital Bed

Your child will be placed in a bed or crib according to his or her size. Your care team will teach you how to operate your child's bed. Side rails of both cribs and beds should be in the "up" position at all times, unless you are directly attending to your child.

Calling for Assistance

A button to call a member of your child's care team is located at every bedside, except in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit.

Personal Items

While storage space in each room is limited, you're welcome to bring in a few items to make you and your child more comfortable.

  • A closet is available for your child's pajamas, robe and slippers, a favorite toy, a favorite blanket or stuffed animal.
  • Please do not bring in valuable items, and be sure to label your child's possessions.
  • We need to approve anything that plugs into an electrical outlet before it can be used.
  • Eyeglasses, contact lenses, and dental appliances should be kept in protective containers in your child's room when not in use.

Patient Family Communication Boards

Each room has a small communication board. The nursing staff will write on it the name of your child's nurse for each shift and may also leave a short encouraging note for your child. If you wish, you can leave short messages for your child as well as for your child's health care team.

Procedure Rooms

Some procedures may be performed in your child's room. Each floor also has a room dedicated to procedures. Children can stay well-connected to their families, friends, and the world at large with in-room:

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