Staying safe in hospital

Safe sleeping

SUDI is the sudden, unexpected death of an infant in which the cause is not immediately obvious. SUDI includes Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) and fatal sleeping accidents. The risk of SUDI can be reduced by following some simple advice for taking care of baby:

  1. Sleep baby on the back from birth, not on the tummy or side:
  2. Sleep baby with head and face uncovered:
  3. Keep baby smoke free before birth and after
  4. Provide a safe sleeping environment night and day (avoid fluffy toys, nappies in the cot)
  5. Sleep baby in their own safe sleeping place in the same room as an adult caregiver for the first six to twelve months
  6. Breastfeed baby

Safe sleeping

When baby is placed to sleep check that:

  • baby is on their back
  • head and face uncovered
  • baby is smoke free
  • baby is in their own sleeping place
  • baby’s feet are positioned at the bottom of the cot
  • bedding is tucked in secure and is not loose
  • Alternatively, place baby in a safe baby sleeping bag
  • head coverings are removed before baby is
  • placed for sleep
  • there are no doonas, loose bedding or fabric, pillows, lambswool, bumpers or soft toys in the cot.

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Children are at risk of falling in hospital, just like at home. Always put the cot sides or bed rails up. Never leave a baby or a young child in a cot with the rails down, even if someone is beside them. Always use seat belts and safety harnesses for all equipment, including high chairs and prams.

Burns and scalds

Hot drinks and hot baths are a major cause of scalds for babies and children. Avoid taking hot liquids near babies and small children. Always heat baby bottles in the food preparation area of the ward, do not warm baby bottles in microwave ovens.

Flowers and plants

Fresh or dried flowers and live plants are not permitted anywhere in the hospital because they are a potential source of allergens, dirt and insects, all of which may be harmful to a seriously ill patient. Please tell family and friends to keep this in mind when visiting and bringing gifts.

Latex balloons

Latex balloons are not allowed anywhere in the hospital because some of our patients may have latex allergies. Deliveries of latex balloons to the hospital will not be accepted. Mylar and other non-latex balloons for patients are welcome.

Stopping the spread of infection

With so many people visiting the hospital everyday, germs and infection can spread quickly if proper precautions aren’t taken. To help keep our patients and yourself safe please remember to:

  • Wash your hands regularly
  • Cover coughs and sneezes
  • Don’t visit if you are unwell

View our Hospital hygiene guide.

The Young Person’s Safety Briefing

We are committed to keeping our patients safe by doing everything we can to minimise the risk of injury and infection, but we need you’re help! Watch the video below to find out how be a safety super hero and stay safe while you’re in hospital.

Download the Young Person’s Safety Briefing