At Nationwide Children’s Hospital, patients, families and visitors to the Emergency Department will be screened by our security officers prior to entering the ED. What does this involve?
Our goal is to identify and remove items that could be used as weapons. Should the security officers need to remove any items, those items will be held during the patient and families’ stay and available for pick-up later. Due to the lack of storage, items can only be held for seven days and then they will be discarded. We appreciate your patience and help creating the safest possible surroundings for our patients and families.
Nationwide Children’s is adding patient photographs to our electronic medical record as an additional form of patient identification as well as an extra layer of patient safety. Photos may be taken at your next visit to a clinic, Urgent Care, Emergency Department or during an inpatient admission. For patients between the ages of 6 months and 6 years, the photo should be updated every six months. For patients 6 or older, the photo should be updated annually. Hopefully this news helps our families better plan for their next visit.