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The University of Chicago Medicine - Comer Children's Hospital

Safety and Privacy

Your Child's Protection

To assure safety, children 8 years old and younger in all inpatients areas of the University of Chicago Medicine Comer Children's Hospital--except in the highly secured Neonatal Intensive Care Unit--are provided with a band around their ankle. Should a child go near an exit door, a general alarm will sound, and all of the exit doors will automatically lock. All children younger than age 18 on the fifth and sixth floor general pediatric units and in the transitional care unit on the fourth floor will also receive a band.

If your child is older than age 8 and not in one of the above mentioned units, you may request a band for him or her if you wish. Please let your child's nurse know.

Restrictions to Keep Your Child Safe

  • Your child's health needs may require the restriction of certain food, plants, and gifts. Your nurse will tell you of any specific health restrictions for your child.
  • Latex balloons are not permitted anywhere in the hospital because they are a choking hazard. Mylar balloons are acceptable.

General Restrictions

For the safety of patients and others, please do not use the following inside the hospital:

  • Hair dryer
  • Curling iron
  • Other household appliances

Cell Phone Use

Cell phones may cause problems with medical equipment. We ask that you not use cell phones within the hospital. If you need a cell phone for work or emergency, follow these guidelines:

  • Cell phones must be at least 3 feet from ALL medical life support equipment, including ventilators, pacemakers, balloon pumps, cardiac assist devices, dialysis machines, intravenous pumps, infant isolettes, and extra-corporeal membrane oxygenators (ECMO) units.
  • Cell phones must never have direct contact with any life-support or diagnostic laboratory medical device.

Please respect other patients and their families by keeping the ring tone on your cell phone on a low volume or vibrate. Remember to speak softly in case other patients are resting.


Do not smoke, except in designated areas outside the hospital.

If you have any questions about these restrictions, please ask to speak with your child's nurse.

Your Child's Privacy

Hospital personnel will also not disclose the fact that your child has been hospitalized unless your child's assigned access code is first given. This access code is given to the child's parent or legal guardian when he or she is admitted.

Privacy of Other Families and Children

Families often wish to connect with one another while their children are in the hospital. While it is fine to share with others and to allow others to share with you, please respect other people's desire for privacy as appropriate.