Monitored Bed Unit - 8C

On unit 8C, we care for children with a variety of different conditions, including children with heart problems who need to wear special equipment that helps us know how their hearts are doing. Our staff consists of many different professionals, but each of us shares a common dedication to our patients and their families. We will do all we can to make your stay with us as comfortable as possible. Most of the information you need to know about Children’s Hospital of The King’s Daughters and its services and programs are covered elsewhere on this Web site. In this section, we’ll try to answer any specific questions you have about unit 8C.

Who will care for my child?

In addition to your child's physician, there are a number of people who will be involved with your child's care while on this unit. They include resident physicians, nurses, nursing assistants, occupational therapists, physical therapists, speech therapists, respiratory therapists, dieticians, child life specialists and their assistants.

May I spend the night?

At CHKD, we understand how hard it is for parents and children to be separated. So we make sure that parents feel welcome at all times. Read our "Visiting a Patient" section for more information.

May I care for my child myself as I do at home?

Before giving your child any food, please check with the nurse; your doctor may have ordered special dietary instructions. If you change your child’s diaper, please place the soiled diaper on the scale at the sink in your room and notify your nurse.

What if I need to leave my child alone in the room?

If you need to leave your child’s room, be sure to pull up your child’s bed rails and let the nurse know you are leaving. The staff will check frequently on your child.

Will we have our own room?

We have a limited number of single rooms, which may need to be used for isolation. If you are in a single room, we may have to move your child to another room at some point if there is a patient who requires isolation. We will try not to move you during sleeping hours, but we cannot guarantee this won’t happen.

Our rooms have special monitors for children who need them. Your child may be on a monitor for part of the hospital stay. When your child is well enough to be taken off the monitor, he or she may be moved to another room on 8C or another general care unit.

Should I keep the door open or closed?

Between 6:30 and 7:30 in the mornings and 6:30 and 7:30 in the evenings, nurses are changing shifts and sharing important medical information the incoming staff needs to care for each child. Since patient privacy is very important to us, we ask you to close your door during shift changes and save any non-urgent requests and questions until after shift changes are over. Please know that we will respond to all urgent matters immediately.

Where can I get something to eat?

Meals are provided for patients. Parents may eat in the CHKD Café on the 1st floor, visit our vending areas on 1st and 4th floors, or order from a neighborhood restaurant. A book of menus is available on the unit. You may have food delivered to your child’s room until 8 p.m. After 8 p.m., parents will have to go down to the lobby to pick up delivery orders. Coffee is available for parents and visitors and juice and milk is provided for nursing mothers.

You may use the microwave ovens in the pantry to heat up items from a child’s meal tray. Microwaves are available for parents to use in the 1st and 4th floor vending areas. You may also bring food from home to be stored in the refrigerator. Please give it to your nurse to label with your name and the date. The pantry area is restricted to staff to ensure infection control, so please ask a staff member to get your stored food from the pantry. If you need assistance in obtaining food, let us know and we will have the social worker assist you.

How can I check on my child when I’m not at the hospital?

When you are away from your child's room, you are welcome to call the nursing station (757) 668-7510 to find out how your child is doing. We may ask you to identify yourself in a special way (for instance, by giving us your Social Security number) to make sure we are giving that information to the proper person.

Is there a place where my child can play?

CHKD’s child life department maintains very popular activity rooms for our patients. Please ask the nurse if your child can go to the activity room. Sometimes it’s better for children with fevers or other conditions to have toys and activities brought to them in their rooms by the child life staff.

How do you minimize the risk of infection during treatment?

At times, other children - or possibly even your child - may be placed on "isolation precautions" for a particular infection. This means that anyone coming into contact with an isolated patient - or things in that person's room - may need to wear an isolation gown, gloves and mask.

Hand-washing is the best way to protect you and your child. So, please wash your hands before and after each contact with your child. These precautions help to decrease the chance of the infection spreading to other children on the unit, as well as staff and families.