Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt
Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt
Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt
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Monroe Carell Jr.
Children's Hospital
at Vanderbilt
2200 Children's Way
Nashville, TN 37232

(615) 936-1000

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GUIDE to Children's Hospital
For Patients and Families
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Patient Safety

Partnering for patient safety

You have a role in ensuring your child's safety while at Children's Hospital. Patient safety is a true team effort among patients, families, and hospital staff.

You should:

  • Make sure there is an ID band on your child at ALL times.
  • If missing, ask your nurse for another ID band.
  • Make sure the information on the band is correct.
  • Always show your child's ID band before tests or taking any medications.
  • Make sure you have your ID band that idenitfies you as your child's parent or guardian at all times.

We will:

  • Ask for your child's name.
  • Check your child's ID band.
  • Wear our hospital badge.

Know your medicines

  • Tell us the drugs your child is allergic to.
  • Keep a list of your child's medicines with you.
  • Herbal supplements are medicines, too.
  • Tell us if your child's medicines do not look right.

Allergies and special diets

Tell us about allergies or bad reactions to food, medicines, or dyes. If your child is on a special diet or must avoid certain foods, please tell your nurse.

Infection control

Pay attention to any "Contact Precautions" signs on your child's room door. Help us stop the spread of infection.

Prevent falls

Falls can happen anytime, anywhere.


  • Keep side rails up when your child is in his/her hospital bed or crib.
  • Ask for help when moving your child.
  • Put your child to sleep in the hospital bed or crib.


  • Leave until you put the side rails up and tell your nurse.
  • Hold your baby or child if you are sleepy or tired.
  • Let your children run, climb or jump anywhere in the hospital. 

Last Edited: July 12, 2016
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