Hospital admission

        • Hospital admission
          • Preadmission
            • Assign a room based on developmental age, seriousness of diagnosis, communicability of illness, and projected length of stay.
            • Prepare roommate(s) for the arrival of a new patient; when children are too young to benefit from this consideration, prepare parents.
            • Prepare room for child and family, with admission forms and equipment nearby to eliminate need to leave child.
          • Admission
            • Introduce primary nurse to child and family.
            • Orient child and family to inpatient facilities, especially to assigned room and unit; emphasize positive areas of pediatric unit.
            • Room: Explain call light, bed controls, television, bathroom, telephone, and so on.
            • Unit: Direct to playroom, desk, dining area, or other areas.
            • Introduce family to roommate and his or her parents.
            • Apply identification band to child’s wrist, ankle, or both (if not already done).
            • Explain hospital regulations and schedules (e.g., visiting hours, mealtimes, bedtime, limitations [give written information if available]).
            • Perform nursing admission history.
            • Take vital signs, blood pressure, height, and weight.
            • Obtain specimens as needed, and order needed laboratory work.
            • Support child and assist practitioner with physical examination (for purposes of nursing assessment).

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