Hygiene and Safety
Scrub up... hand hygiene tips
Safety is the number one concern for all of our patients. Hand washing is the most important way to stop the spread of infection. Please follow these guidelines when visiting Dayton Children's:
- Before you enter your child’s room, you should use alcohol-based cleaner, such as hand sanitizer, or soap and water to wash your hands, scrubbing them for 15 seconds, rinsing and drying them.
- Wash your hands after using the restroom or changing a diaper.
- Cough into a tissue or your shirt sleeve. Do not cover your mouth with your bare hands.
What about children in isolation?
The best way to prevent infection is by washing your hands. To protect your child and others, your child may be put into isolation. If your child is in isolation, a sign will be placed outside of your child’s room to let others know what steps they should take to protect themselves before entering your child’s room. Please ask the nursing staff for available toys, books and other activities to keep your child occupied during their stay; children in isolation are not permitted to use the Activity Center.
Safe and secure
Dayton Children’s goes to great lengths to ensure the safety of patients and families. Security cameras are located throughout the hospital and parking lots. Security officers are available 24 hours a day. All security staff wear identification badges. Upon request, security can escort families to their vehicle or provide a courtesy ride to the Ronald McDonald House. If a family needs security anytime night or day, call 937-641-3636, or they can stop by the security office located behind the information desk in the main lobby.
No weapons allowed
Dayton Children's does not allow concealed weapons or dangerous items such as fireworks, flares, explosive substances, etc. inside the hospital or anywhere on its property. This includes parking lots (even if in your vehicle), driveways, and other buildings such as Children's Home Care, CARE house, Children’s Health Clinic and Dayton Children's Child Care Center. All community locations such as the urgent care and testing centers also enforce this law.
When visiting the hospital, please leave all weapons and dangerous materials at home. Notices concerning concealed weapons are posted on all hospital and parking lot entrances. Anyone found to be carrying weapons or other dangerous materials will be asked to leave immediately and may now be prosecuted. Thank you for helping us protect our patients, their families, Dayton Children's staff and guests.
Security officers are available 24 hours a day. A family can call security anytime day or night, or they can stop by the security office located behind the information desk in the main lobby.