Security & Visitor GuidelinesWe believe that the parents and the hospital staff are partners in providing a safe, secure and comfortable environment. The Pediatric Unit is a secured unit with multiple levels of security. Our visitor guidelines are supportive of family-centered care. We encourage one adult family member to stay with the child overnight. We ask that you limit the number of visitors to less than three at one time. Visitors may wait in the solarium located through the north double doors.
Visiting hours are 8 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. for everyone except parents.
Parents Partnering with Nursing Staff
Your child’s care is important to us. Parental participation in care is highly valued, as you know your child the best. Below are guidelines to ensure your child’s safety and health:
- Do not give your child to anyone who does not have a purple “Authorized Infant/Child Staff” identification badge.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water, especially before leaving your child’s room.
- All visitors should wash their hands with soap and water or hand gel available in each room.
- Save all diapers and urine via a urinal or “hat” container in the toilet. Your nurse will weigh or measure these to assess your child’s hydration status.
- Monitor how much your child is drinking. Your nurse will ask you for the amounts of fluid.
- Make sure that your child wears his or her identification bracelet at all times.
- Children under the age of two will also wear an electronic tag as part of our security system.
- Let us know of any changes or concerns you notice with your child’s recovery.
- Let us know when you are leaving the room to ensure that your child is safe.
- If your child is left unattended, ensure that the side rails on cribs and beds are fully raised.
Privacy & Confidentiality
Your family has a right to privacy and confidentiality. We are allowed to provide information to parents and legally authorized individuals only. Friends and relatives who call will only be given a one-word condition report. Please encourage your friends and relatives to talk to you for information regarding your child.
- Please utilize the public restrooms located by the 2nd floor elevators, unless your nurse tells you that it is okay to use the patient bathroom.
- If you would like to shower at the hospital, please ask your nurse.
- Most pediatric rooms are not private rooms. Please respect the privacy and comfort of the other patients. To help protect your privacy and that of the other families, please do not go in to other patient rooms or discuss other patients with staff.
PeaceHealth St. Joseph Medical Center
2901 Squalicum PkwyBellingham, WA 98225