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Patient Safety at CMH

Prevent Errors in Your Child’s Care

In the same way you can improve the safety and quality of your treatment by being an active patient, being involved in your child’s care can prove beneficial.

  • Bring a list of your child’s medical history, vaccinations, allergies, and what prescription and over-the-counter medications they may be taking.
  • If you don’t understand your child’s doctor, ask questions. If you do not speak the same language as your doctor, ask for someone who speaks your language.
  • Ask if caregivers have washed their hands before touching your child.
  • Ask your doctor or pharmacist if prescribed medication can be cut or crushed if your child has difficulty swallowing them.
  • If your child is getting an X-ray, MRI or CT scan, ask if they will be given a contrast agent.  Some patients have problems with contrast agents, if your child in the past has had problems with a contrast agent, tell this to your child’s doctor or nurse.
  • Tell caregivers if your child is in pain.
  • If your child experiences the following symptoms, take them to the doctor or hospital IMMEDIATELY
    • A stiff neck
    • Fever with a skin rash
    • Fever of over 100.4 degrees (child 3 months or younger)
    • Burns that are larger than the palm of your child’s hand, or that are deep, discolored, or caused by a chemical
    • A head injury that causes your child to black out, vomit or become confused
    • Serve stomach pain or if their stomach is swollen or tender to touch
    • Blood in stool

Source: The Joint Commission