Safety in the Hospital
Understanding safety risks and healthy behaviors can help kids avoid infections, dangerous falls, and medical mistakes.
Hospitals focus lots of attention on safety, but safety is not just the hospital’s job. Kids and their families can help with safety in the hospital by being aware of the most common safety issues and how to prevent them.
Your role in hospital safety
We expect hospitals to be safe places, but no hospital is error-free. Staying safe and healthy in the hospital involves attention and action.
Common hospital safety issues
- Medication errors
Hospitals work hard to prevent common safety issues, and kids and families can help. By understanding how to support safety in the hospital, kids and families can improve safety while they practice self-advocacy skills that last a lifetime.
Hospital Safety Topics
Infections can spread quickly in hospitals, but kids and families can be the front line of defense. Learn how you can work with hospital staff to reduce infections.
Medication errors can happen in any hospital, and they can be dangerous. Learn how you and your child can help stop these mistakes.
Falls in the hospital are more common than you think, but they’re easy to avoid. Learn best practices for preventing falls in the hospital.
Hospital Safety Tools
Super Safe Kids Hospital Safety Toolkit
The Super Safe Kids hospital toolkit guides kids and families as they prepare for a hospital stay. The kit contains:
- Safety facts and relevant health data for parents and caregivers
- Talk it Out: A conversation starter to encourage dialog and questions
- Super Safe Kids at the Hospital: A kid’s guide to making the hospital stay safer
- Activity guide for parents and caregivers to use each kids tool
- Super Safe Kids Academy Safety Certificate for kids
- Free downloads
Hospital Safety for Kids engages pediatric patients and their families in self-advocacy for the hospital setting, including medication safety, reducing infections, avoiding falls, and collaborating as part of the health care team.