Your Child's Schedule
Hospitals can be very busy places and Maria Fareri Children's Hospital is no exception. Depending on your child's individual needs, each day can be different but in general, there are some basic things you can expect on a daily basis.
The attending physicians and residents assigned to your child usually visit each of their patients in the morning and evening. Speak to your child's nurse or physician about the usual rounding time. We encourage you to be present during these rounds in order to provide your thoughts and input, to learn about your child's medical condition and progress, and to ask questions.
Vital signs refers to temperature, pulse, respirations, and blood pressure. These vitals are usually taken about every four hours on the pediatric floors and sometimes more often – every one to two hours in the Intensive Care Units, for example. The frequency of vital signs often depends on your child's medical condition, the treatments being conducted, and the medications he or she is receiving.
Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are delivered to your child each day and may adhere to specific guidelines depending on your child's condition (such as a liquid or no salt diet, for instance).
Private bathrooms with showers are available in each patient room in the general pediatric neighborhoods on the third floor, and both you and your child may use the bathroom in your room. In the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU), a family bathroom with shower is available, and bathrooms without showers are available to families with children in the NICU.