To help limit the spread of viruses, we have policies in place for visits to our hospital.
We hope to make your child’s stay at UC Davis Children’s Hospital as comfortable as possible. The following is information to help you and your family prepare for your child’s hospitalization.
When your child is admitted, the admitting nurse will ask you about your child’s health history, including past illnesses and allergic reactions to medications and food. The admitting nurse will measure your child’s height, weight, temperature, pulse and blood pressure. The nurse and physician will perform a general physical exam, which can sometimes include additional tests.
Age determines how and when you tell your child about an upcoming hospital stay. Wait until a day or two before the hospital stay to tell a pre-school child because of his or her limited concept of time. Older children, however, should be given as much notice as possible. They should be encouraged to ask questions and participate in preparations.
Be honest. Answer all your child’s questions clearly and simply with age-appropriate information. You are the best judge of what your child can understand or is emotionally ready to handle. Typically, a child wants to know why he or she has to go to the hospital, how long she or he will stay, where you will be during his or her stay and whether anything will hurt. In answering these questions, avoid negative statements or denial. For instance, if pain is likely, emphasize that medicine will be given to make it feel better.
If your child is critically ill or injured, you may suddenly face this hospital experience with no time to prepare yourself or your child. We know that this is extremely stressful and confusing. We will do everything we can to help you and your child cope. Please remember:
The main hospital entrance and main parking lot are located off of X Street at 4301 X Street, Sacramento, CA 95817. Pediatric services at this location include:
Next to your child’s bed is a call bell attached to a long cord. If you need to call your child’s nurse, simply press the red button and someone will answer on the intercom to determine what you need. Your nurse will be notified.
Your child’s room also has a bedside table, a storage closet, and a chair that converts into a bed. For safety, the bed or crib rails must be raised at all times. The bathroom and showers are for patient use only. Separate bathrooms are available for family members and visitors. A bathtub is also available for your child.
Because education is so important in both prevention and treatment, your nurse is a resource to assist you in understanding your child’s illness and hospitalization. In addition, we offer Closed Circuit Television (CCTV) in your children’s room available 24 hours a day. There are a wide variety of topics you can view.
The hospital serves meals around 8 a.m., 12 noon and 5:30 p.m. A daily menu is delivered to your child’s room that lets you choose what your child will eat the next day. See the dietitian for more details.
If your child is on a regular diet, food also may be brought from home.
For the safety of our patients, the pediatric floor is a locked unit. To enter, you must press the nurse button on the intercom just outside the door. A staff person will assist you with entering.
If your child is 5 years old or younger, or has other security issues, a monitored band (Acetic) will be placed on his or her arm or leg. This alarm alerts staff if patients wearing the bands are near the unit’s exit areas.
Smoking is not permitted inside UC Davis Children’s Hospital or the Medical Center and within 20 feet of any building entrance. Alcohol and illegal drugs are not permitted. Because of our concern for the safety and health of our patients, staff and visitors, the medical center is entirely smoke-free – inside and out – a policy which began July 1, 2008.
To keep families connected and help promote your child’s health and healing, family members can now join in on video visits with patients at the hospital and their patient-care team.
When trying to stay connected with friends and families through any health care journey, social networks can make communication easier. The greatest source of support can be your family and friends. Many resources are available to share your story and your child’s progress, while keeping your information and your social media communications protected. Below are some suggested sites and ways to stay in touch.
Create a personal Caring Bridge website to share health updates, photos, and videos with the people who care about you.
Create a personal page or group for your child’s health journey to share information, updates, and/or photos.
Create a personal page to organize your family’s needs.
Please know that our staff is encouraged to not participate on social media sites with their patients and their families. Although you may develop strong relationships with the staff caring for your child, this keeps in line with the UC Davis Health social media policy.
In the pediatric unit, each patient’s bedside has a telephone with its own number, which is posted in the room. When calling from outside the hospital you may dial this number directly between 8 a.m. and 10 p.m. You may also call 916-734-2011 and ask for your child’s room.
If you wish to speak to your child’s nurse, you may dial the nursing unit directly at 916-703-3070. Patient information is considered confidential and will only be given to the parents or legal guardians of the hospitalized child. Please explain this to other relatives and family friends.
Your child will enjoy receiving mail from friends and relatives. Send them to:
Your Child’s Name
Davis 7 Pediatrics
UC Davis Children’s Hospital
2315 Stockton Blvd.
Sacramento, CA 95817
If you are from out of town, you may be eligible for low-cost lodging at the Kiwanis House or the Ronald McDonald House, located on the grounds of the UC Davis Children’s Hospital. A Courtyard by Marriott is walking distance from the hospital and offers discounted rates for the relatives of hospitalized patients. For more information about these accommodations, please call Social Services at 916-734-2583.