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Your Child’s Hospital Stay

Patient Family Responsibilities

You as the parent or guardian have the responsibility to: 

  • Provide complete and accurate information, including your child’s full name, address, home telephone number, date of birth, Social Security number, insurance carrier and your employer when it is required.
  • Provide the hospital or your child’s doctor with a copy of an advance directive if your child has one.
  • Provide complete and accurate information about your child’s health, including present conditions, past illnesses, hospital stays, medicines, vitamins, herbal products and any other health matters.
  • Ask questions when you do not understand information or instructions. If you believe your child can’t follow through with the treatment plan, you are responsible for telling his or her doctor.
  • Make sure your child actively participates in his or her pain management plan, and to keep your child’s doctors and nurses informed of the effectiveness of treatments.
  • Leave valuables at home and only bring necessary items for your child’s hospital stay.
  • Treat all hospital staff, other patients and visitors with courtesy and respect; abide by all hospital rules and safety regulations; be considerate of noise levels, privacy and number of visitors; and comply with the no smoking policy.
  • Keep appointments, be on time for appointments, and to call your healthcare provider if you cannot keep your child’s appointments.
  • Provide complete and accurate information about your child’s health insurance coverage and to pay your bills in a timely manner.