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Hospital Safety in Baby Nursery

There are some key issues regarding hospital safety that are important. A careful reading of this material could make a big difference in how you think about maternity wards and nurseries in the hospital and just how safe they are.

Have you ever wondered how much attention hospital safety is given, particularly in maternity wards and nurseries?

Both publicly and privately, hospital security has become a bigger and bigger issue in the past few years, especially when it comes to the hospital maternity wards and nurseries. The worst fear for parents is to learn that the maternity ward or nursery is not safe for their baby. Over the years, many incidents have occurred in nurseries regarding hospital safety rules either being broken, or not even in place. Without hospital safety and security measures, nurseries are a potential target for mistakes.

One of the primary reasons more focus has been placed on hospital safety in American hospitals is because of liability. If a patient is injured or documents go missing and the source of the problem can be traced to lax security, then the hospital, not the patient, is liable. Malpractice suits are already costing major hospitals millions of dollars each year, and a few thousands of dollars in security costs easily outweigh hundreds of thousands of dollars in court costs.

Another reason hospital security has come into question is because hospitals possess a great deal of personal information about their patients. Medical records, social security numbers, billing information, all of this personal information is filed away in hospitals. With identity theft becoming more and more prevalent, hospitals are beginning to realize the importance of secure patient information. Often this prompts the implementation of added electronic security measures including access cards and password shits which change network passwords weekly or even daily. These safeguards help protect information networks from both remote hackers and internal employees who attempt to access information they do not have clearance to view.

Though it is rare, hospitals are sometimes the scenes of abductions, especially in maternity wards. In 1997 a newborn infant was snatched from a hospital in southern England. Similar incidents have prompted the installation of security cameras and internal doors in maternity wards to ensure hospital safety and that the hospital staff always know where people are and whether or not they belong in the ward. It seems that as soon as the baby is born, they sweep the baby away to carefully attend to immediate needs. However, in view of the safety precautions that hospitals are taking now, they allow the mother to be with the baby at all times.

This should be reassuring to new mothers who want to keep their babies in the room with them. Babies are allowed to stay in the room now with the mother and is considered to be the norm. Hospital nurseries are there to care for and feed infants who need special attention or to give the mom a relief break to take a shower or nap.

Hospitals have increased the number of cameras onsite, often installing metal detectors at the front doors. In the end, your baby's safety depends on making sure nobody is near your baby that is not supposed to be.

These safety precautions in hospital maternity wards and nurseries are in force routinely now and are not taken lightly. It's important to mention here that many hospitals have eliminated hospital baby nurseries entirely. Many new mothers are opting to keep the baby with them in their room. This may be the best thing that ever happened!