Family-Centered Care

Patient Safety

The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia has long been a leader in pediatric healthcare with innovative programs and high-quality, family-centered care. Building upon this strong foundation, the Hospital intends to become the safest children’s hospital by 2015, as patient safety and keeping every child safe every day is truly our highest priority.

Our online safety resources offers websites and other resources on this important topic.

What is patient safety?

Patient safety is the focus on preventing medical errors that could lead to adverse healthcare outcomes for our patients. It includes all aspects of the care experience — effective communication, adherance to processes, proper hand hygiene and safe systems for ordering and giving medications, to name a few.

What is your role as a parent or caregiver?

Communication between staff and families helps to create a partnership that keeps patients safe. You know your child best. Sharing your observations and concerns with your child's healthcare team enables us to provide him with the best — and safest — care possible. Never hesitate to ask questions if you don’t understand something, or if anything seems wrong.

Share your concerns with us

You know your child best

Participate in your child’s care

We value your input

What are the Six Rights of Medication Administration?

The Six Rights of Medication Administration are a set of six guidelines that medical professionals adhere to when administering medication, to ensure the highest level of safety for the patient. They are:

1. Identify the right patient

Before a CHOP staff member gives your child medication, make sure the person checks the ID band, verifying the full name and medical record number. 

2. Verify the right medication

Ask questions if the medication looks different than usual.

3. Right indication for use

When a CHOP staff member gives your child medication, don’t be afraid to ask what it is and why your child is receiving it.

4. Calculate the right dose

Learn about what medications your child will be taking during treatment, including what they do, what dose is needed, and any possible side effects.

5. Make sure it's the right time

Ask questions if the medication is being given at a different time than usual.

6. Check the right route

Learn about what medications your child will be taking during treatment, including when and how to take them.

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