5/1/20 blog post
5 ways Dayton Children's is keeping your family safe
taking safety above and beyond
You may be wondering... is it safe to go to the hospital during COVID-19? At Dayton Children’s, we know that families might have concerns about bringing their child in for care, given the COVID-19 pandemic. Whether it’s an emergency visit for a broken bone, a checkup for your child’s chronic asthma or regular chemotherapy treatments, we can assure you of one thing. Your family’s safety is our TOP priority.
You can take heart knowing that we are taking the following measures to ensure your family is safe from COVID-19:
1. EVERYONE is checked for temperature, COVID-19 symptoms and provided a facemask: Every patient and visitor entering any Dayton Children’s facility has their temperature taken and is screened for illness. Everyone is given a mask they must wear while in the building. If you wear a cloth mask into the building, you may continue wearing your mask. We have hand sanitizer readily available and ask families to use it just like our health care workers! Additionally, all of our staff are screened and wear a mask. Staff also took a pledge to adhere to the most current guidance on protecting ourselves, each other, and our patients and families.
2. Clean, clean and clean again: Our environmental services team works tirelessly and they’ve enhanced their cleaning routine to take it above and beyond during this time. They use hospital-grade cleaning products that are proven to kill the COVID-19 germs in one minute.
3. Social distancing made easy: We know that the concept of six feet apart can be difficult for kids (and even adults!). That’s why throughout the hospital you will see stickers on the floor in places where people are likely to gather – registration desks, screening stations and the cafeteria, for example. These will help you keep a safe distance from those around you. Seating is also spread out, to keep that distance.
4. The right tools for the right care in the right spaces: Everyone wears a mask, but our staff also wear additional PPE (personal protective equipment) when treating those with illnesses that can be spread from person to person. We even have rooms with special air handling to use, when needed, to keep our spaces safe. Kids with respiratory illnesses will not be in the same area as those with other illnesses or injuries – for everyone’s safety.
5.Limited our footprint: As we continue to practice social distancing, we are also limiting the number of people at Dayton Children’s. We have taken the following precautions:
a.Visitor restrictions limit the number of family members allowed with a patient (learn more)
b.Curbside pickup for pharmacy orders
c. Virtual visits for certain types of appointments means less people coming to the hospital for care.
hear more from our CEO, Debbie Feldman, on how we are keeping families safe