beanie babies - page 2

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Does anyone else's hospital give away beanie babies? Our hospital for years has always had a huge stock of them in every treat cart, treatment room, and outpatient centers. Most are older beanies with plastic tag protectors like... Read More


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    Quote from umcRN
    My NICU (same hospital) would not allow donated beanies for this reason. The rest of the hospital will take anything that's given.
    See... that's odd to me. Patients on other floors (oncology, stem cell transplant, solid organ transplant, etc.) are just as much at risk for infection as babies in the NICU are.
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    Quote from KelRN215
    See... that's odd to me. Patients on other floors (oncology, stem cell transplant, solid organ transplant, etc.) are just as much at risk for infection as babies in the NICU are.
    Well I'l be honest, having never worked heme-onc I don't know what their policies are. I agree that our babies in the CICU are at high risk for infection and if the quality of an item was ever questioned we wouldn't give them out. The beanie babies we have currently are from a known source and have spent their life in a plastic bin and are all in excellent condition so they have been allowed.

    My hospital also gets large donations of build a bears and other stuffed animals from organizations and they are given out as well. They are all new condition so I don't see the problem with it. Again rules might differ on the heme onc floor but even the nicu would take the build a bears (which was always funny when the 1kg preemie had a bear bigger than them)
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    Our NICU doesn't allow any stuffed animals from any source, even parents. They can harbour MRSA, etc unless they can be washes regularly.
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    I know my old hospital wouldn't give out beanie babies in the NICU. The infection risk for sure, but the safe sleep issues as well. I was constantly pulling stuffed animals and the like out of cribs and then doing the safe sleep speech with the families. I wouldn't want to encourage anything by giving out stuffed animals. For older children, sure...but not in the NICU.
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    Quote from NicuGal
    They can harbour MRSA, etc unless they can be washes regularly.
    We have this same problem with parents. Unfortunately we can't guarantee their washing
    PediLove2147 likes this.
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    That's so awesome! We give teddies that are hand-made and donated, and random toys and what not.


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