Safety for Patients and Visitors
Your child’s safety and well-being during his or her hospital stay is our utmost concern, and we know that working with you is the most effective way to reach that goal. Please note the following:
- We will give your child an identification wrist band. Please make sure your child wears it at all times. If the wrist band falls off, please notify your nurse.
- All visitors must display a guest pass while in Hopkins Children’s and The Johns Hopkins Hospital. Passes are available at the main entrance and several information stations throughout the hospital.
- You can expect all healthcare workers to be wearing an ID badge. You may question any caregiver who is not wearing a badge.
- For your safety, security services, including escorts to any on-campus location, are available 24 hours a day. Please dial 410-955-5585 for assistance.
- Emergency telephones (with blue lights on top) are prominently located in the parking garages, elevator lobbies and in parking lots. Should you have an emergency, an officer will assist you.
- The best way to prevent the spread of infections is to wash your hands. For your convenience, waterless soap stations are located throughout the hospital.
- Because cell phones may interfere with electronic medical equipment, please turn them off while in the hospital.
- Because latex balloons may cause allergic reactions, we ask that you please bring Mylar balloons instead.
- Flowers are welcome, except on intensive care and oncology units, where they may promote infections.
- Smoking is not allowed in the hospital. Please use the designated smoking areas outside.
- Families, visitors and patients are asked not to climb on furniture or use equipment in a way that is not intended.
- Lost and found: Security Administration Office, Harvey Building, Room 109. Please dial 410-955-5588.
For your safety, entrances to most buildings are locked from 8 p.m. to 7 a.m. After 8 p.m., use the main entrance to the hospital on Orleans Street.
What Can You Do?
- Make sure your child’s doctors know everything your child is taking, including prescription and over-the-counter medicines, dietary supplements and vitamins.
- Make sure your child’s doctors know about any allergies to medicines.
- Make sure you can read the doctors’ prescriptions.
- Ask both your child’s doctors and the pharmacist for information about your child’s medicine in terms you can understand.
- If you’re unclear about directions on your child’s medicine labels, ask your pharmacist about them.
- Ask for written information about possible side effects from your child’s medicine.
- In the hospital, ask why each test or procedure is being done and ask when the results will be available.
- When your child's discharge is being planned, ask his or her doctors to explain the treatment plan at home.