Creating a Safer Space for Pediatric Patients
If you’re working in pediatrics, you’ve probably spent a lot of time thinking about their health and safety. Children are naturally more curious and clumsier, which can be an unfortunate combination. There are many common sense safety tips that can help, but they aren't 100% foolproof. There are always ways to improve. If you’re looking to take your pediatric health and safety to the next level, SmileMakers has a few ideas to ensure your patients are the safest they can be!
Take refresher courses on patient safety
We’re all aware that the concept of ‘best practice’ adapts and changes over time based on new data. The safety measures that you learned a few years ago are probably a little dated. The changes may not be drastic, but could surprise you. Remember, if it helps improve even one area of patient safety it will have been worth it. Not only will this better help protect your patients, it will help protect your staff, too. By adhering to the most up-to-date guidelines, you’re setting a standard that is above reproach.
Educate the parents
While there are always safety courses and research available for medical professionals, that’s not the case for parents. With the updated information you’ve received on how best to protect your patients, take this opportunity to inform the parents. They’ll be glad to learn new information from an expert and it can strengthen your relationship with the family. If they’re more educated on how best to protect their children it will make your job easier, too.
Buy tested and ADA compliant toys
Not all toys are made alike. While they all might be made with children in mind, there are not all made with safety in mind. When you’re looking for toys or prizes for your practice, there are several safety factors to consider.
- Can everyone use this toy? Before giving a practice gift to a child, check the labels, packaging, or product description to be sure. There are many toys that are inappropriate for children under the age of 5. Depending on your demographic, these may not be worth ordering.
- Could a child swallow or choke on this toy? There’s no way around it, younger patients almost always put toys in their mouths. When ordering any item, check for choking hazards or smaller pieces that could cause problems.
- Are there any sharp or heavy pieces? It’s Murphy’s law: anything that can go wrong, will go wrong. Avoid toys that could potentially harm a child, even if they seem fun or interesting. You’re responsible for their safety, and it’s not worth the risk.
- Look for toys that have been tested and approved for all ages! Squirters, rubber ducks, and plush toys are good places to start. If you’re not sure, check with the vendor for assurance that the toys you’re considering have been tested and approved by the Consumer Product Safety Commission.
- Are your stickers safe? With the abundance of allergies in pediatric patients, it’s always smart to be safe. Check to ensure that your sticker vendor has tested their stickers for the presence of latex. SmileMakers has gone a step beyond, not only testing for latex but assuring customers that our stickers are not only latex free but certified hypoallergenic by the manufacturer!
If you're concerned about safety, choosing the right pediatric rewards has to be a priority. Luckily, there are companies that share your concern. At SmileMakers, we focus on providing toys and stickers that are fun and safe for all ages. All our merchandise is clearly labeled and meet or exceed Consumer Products Safety standards. You can order from any of our toys and prizes knowing that they’re tested and approved.
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At SmileMakers, we hold patient safety to the highest standard. That’s why we offer a 100% satisfaction guarantee. All our practice items and prizes are created with children in mind.