Patient Safety

Keeping Your Child Safe

Safety is our top priority, and we are committed to providing the best care for your child.

You are an important part of our safety efforts and of the healthcare team. You know your child best. Speak up right away when you have a question or concern.

What can I do to keep my child safe during a hospital stay?

Keeping your child safe is our main priority and as an important member of your child’s care team, we also need your help. Every day, there are things you can do to help us keep your child safe.

If your child is staying in the hospital, your nurse will talk with you about what to do, including what to do if you notice something serious is wrong with your child. You will also get specific information for the unit your child is staying in. In general, here are a few things to keep in mind:

  • Speak up right away if you notice something serious is wrong with your child or if you have questions or concerns.
  • Make sure your child wears their ID band and that you wear your parent or caregiver name badge at all times. We will check your child's ID before giving any medicine and doing any tests or procedures.
  • We will ask you about medicines, vitamins and herbs your child is taking when you come into the hospital, and again when you leave. It’s important you do not give your child medicines from home while at Seattle Children’s. Learn more.
  • Wash your hands or use hand-sanitizer gel each time you enter and leave your child's room. Also, wash after sneezing, coughing or blowing your nose, and after wiping your child's nose.
  • If you are sick, talk with your child's nurse about how to be with your child.
  • Protect your child from falls. If your child is sick, injured, taking certain medicines or getting certain treatments, their chance of falling is greater. Your nurse will talk about how to prevent falls if your child is at risk.

Your input

Families have given us valuable input to help improve our service and safety. Here is how you can give us your comments: