Patient Safety

Keeping Your Child Safe

Providing the best care for your child means that it needs to be the safest.

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.

Watch our Parents Make a Difference video (in Spanish, Los Padres Somos La Clave) to find out how valuable your voice is when caring for your child.

Your input

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

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

Keeping your child safe is our main priority, but we also need your help. 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.

The Leapfrog Group

The Leapfrog Group logoSeattle Children's is working with The Leapfrog Group to improve patient safety by participating in their Hospital Quality and Safety Survey.

Leapfrog and its members work together to:

  • Reduce preventable medical mistakes and improve the quality and affordability of health care
  • Help consumers make smarter health care decisions

See Seattle Children's Leapfrog Survey results.