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.
All patients who come to Nationwide Children’s for medical treatment need to have a signed consent for treatment on file. If a child under 18 comes to Nationwide Children’s Hospital for treatment with someone other than their parent or legal guardian, we need an authorization from the parent or legal guardian to allow them to sign medical consent for the child. The authorization form names someone over the age of 18, chosen by the parent or legal guardian, to seek medical treatment and sign consent for the child. For example, a baby-sitter, teacher or other family member. Make sure that anyone caring for your child who may need to seek medical attention for your child in your absence, has a completed authorization form. Download the consent form here.