Question about car seat policy - page 2
I was just reading the thread about patients not bringing their own camera, which then spun off about pts also not having a car seat. What is your hospital's policy regarding the parents having... Read More
Jan 9, '07Occupation: NICU RN in my spare time Joined: Sep '04; Posts: 524; Likes: 39Oh and we say we can't release a child without a carseat, but I don't see how this can be enforced either. I work NICU so when a baby is discharged we have to bring them down. I have never had a parent that did not have a car seat but as for the uninstalled ones, I just told them that per policy we were not allowed to do it and that I wasn't personally familiar with that brand of carseat so I would not feel comfortable installing it and also there is a big fine for not having an infant properly secured. They would usually figure it out or go get someone (usually a family member) to do it for them, then come get the baby.
When I had my baby (same hospital, but she was in regular NBN) we just had a transporter bring us down, no nurse. And I just got out of the chair and he left. I was fine, I had a carseat and knew how to use it, but I do know that on our discharge charting we have a space for charthing that the infant was secured in a carseat by family. How are we charting this if we aren't actually witnessing it?
Jan 9, '07Joined: Jan '05; Posts: 229; Likes: 79Quote from SuesquatchSuesquatch, do you know where I can find this mandate? I work in NY state and, much to my chagrin,we do not follow such a policy. For "liability reasons", we are not to assist in putting the NBN into the car seat, nor are we allowed to verify proper installation.New York State mandates that the child not be released unless the seat is in the car and properly installed. Every facility that has an L&D dep't has someone certified to inspect.
I've thought for a long time that we were missing the boat on something like this- I just need to find something in print to take to TPTB.