A Compassionate, Highly Skilled Staff Cares for Your Child
Bryn Mawr Hospital and Alfred
I. duPont Hospital for Children have collaborated to provide
exceptional health care for children, close to home. In our Inpatient
Pediatric Unit, your child will receive 24-hour care and monitoring by
specialty trained pediatric professionals. A registered nurse will
coordinate your child's care, working closely with a patient care
technician and your child's physician. The nursing staff will check your
child's vital signs—pulse, blood pressure, respiration, temperature and
perhaps weight—at specific intervals around the clock.
Each of the physicians and nurses caring for children on the inpatient
unit is specialty trained in infant, child and adolescent medicine. We
have more than 30 pediatric specialists who have concentrated on
studying one specific area of medicine from a pediatric perspective. Our
staff of board-certified pediatricians specialize in the inpatient
hospital care of children. Pediatricians are available 24 hours a day.
It's never easy to hospitalize a sick child. On the Inpatient Pediatric
Unit at Bryn Mawr Hospital, we work to ease your anxiety and make your
child's hospital stay as comfortable as possible. Because parents play a
vital role in the recovery of their children, you are included as a
valuable member of the health care team. Our friendly and knowledgeable
staff will describe every aspect of your child's care and keep you
informed every step of the way.
Sophisticated Care and Large Does of Love
Some children may require technologically advanced cardiac and
respiratory monitoring systems, located at the bedside. While the
monitors are on, they can be viewed from the nurse's workstation. It is
normal for these monitors and other medical devices to sound an alarm at
times for various reasons. When caring for children who require
high-tech support, we are very aware that we must meet their nonmedical
needs as well.
A Special Feature: The Treatment Room
We want to reassure children that their rooms are a friendly place where
they are safe. Sometimes a child's medical care may involve a procedure
that can be uncomfortable. Therefore, whenever possible, such care will
be delivered in a separate treatment room. At that time, the health care
team will discuss with you the importance of your participation or if it
would be better for you to remain outside the treatment room.
Meals and Snacks
If your child has any dietary restrictions or food allergies, please
inform the staff immediately. Our dietary department will work with you
to provide your child with a nutritious meal.
Most children enjoy snacking throughout the day and sometimes a special
treat from home can help them feel better; however, please check with
the nurse first, because your child may be on a special diet or be
instructed not to eat or drink for medical reasons. Also for your
convenience, there is a kitchenette near the nurse's' station. It is
stocked with infant formula, baby food, juices and more.
Playtime: An Important Part of Your Child's Routine
If your child's condition is not contagious, he or she may enjoy a trip
to our playroom, accompanied by a parent. To help minimize the spread of
germs, all toys in the room are cleaned on a regular basis. Playroom
toys may be taken to your child's room, but should be returned to the
nursing staff for cleaning.
Visiting Your Child
We will do everything possible to accommodate you. Parents may visit 24
hours a day. General visiting hours are from 8:00 am–8:00 pm, but may
vary according to your child's needs.
Keeping Your Child Safe
Our specialized security procedures include an identification bracelet
with an electronic sensor for all children two years and younger. If the
bracelet is cut or a child gets too close to the unit entrance, an alarm
A Word About Cell Phones
Please do not use cell phones and laptop computers in the hospital.
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Bryn Mawr Hospital
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Bryn Mawr, PA 19010
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