Pediatric Acute Care

Pediatrics Visitation Guidelines

  1. Visitors
    • Parents or Legal Guardians will be allowed to visit 24 hours a day.
    • Visitors are allowed into the Unit between 9 am to 9 pm. Only 4 visitors will be allowed to be at the bedside at a time in the Pediatric and Pediatric Intensive Care Unit. This includes parents and legal guardians. Should circumstances and patient condition require, this rule may be modified by physician or nursing staff. Parents must complete an authorized visitor list.
  2. Due to the increase in respiratory and gastrointestinal viral illnesses as of January 18, 2019  no children under the age of 13 are permitted to visit the Pediatric/PICU or the adjacent waiting area, thank you for helping us keep your loved ones safe and infection free.
  3. All visitors should be in good health to account for the compromised immune systems of patients.
  4. Up to 2 parents and or designated adults over the age of 18 will be allowed to spend the night at the bedside.
  5. During the hours of 6:30-8:00 a.m. and 6:30-8:00 p.m. the nurses will be changing shifts. To ensure the best communication during this time please try not to interrupt the nurses.
  6. Safety
    • For access to the Pediatric Unit, please call using the phone outside the entrance.
    • For the safety of our patients the Pediatric Unit is a locked unit. Do not hold the door for others or enter if the door is open and you have not called in.
    • Visitors may be asked to show identification upon entering unit.
  7. Parents and visitors may eat in the room if your child is able to eat. Please clean up and discard any food brought in.
  8. Due to allergies latex balloons and fresh flowers are not permitted in the Pediatrics unit.

About Our Pediatric Unit

Located on the second floor of Kalispell Regional Medical Center’s patient tower, the pediatric unit provides care for children from birth through age 18. The pediatric unit includes the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU), where we care for critically ill children and adolescents.

The pediatric acute care unit has 12 beds. Each room in the unit can accommodate children needing either general medical patient care or more intensive care. The PICU is staffed with pediatric critical care physicians, pediatric hospitalists, medical and surgical pediatric specialists, and specially trained nurses and respiratory therapists.

The pediatric floor provides multidisciplinary care for patients with common pediatric illnesses such as flu, dehydration and infections; respiratory illness; chronic illness such as asthma, diabetes, Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis and seizure disorders; and recovery from general surgeries or injuries.

The PICU provides multidisciplinary care for patients with single- or multi-organ system failure, complex chronic illness, hematological and oncological illness, and recovery from complex general surgeries.

Before Coming to the Hospital

The hospital can be a scary place for children. To ease their fears, it helps to be honest about what to expect. Talk about where they are going, how long they might stay, who they might see and other kids they might meet. Let them express their concerns and fears. Talking with them about their concerns will help ease any anxiety they have.

What to Bring to the Hospital

Days in the hospital can feel long, especially for a child. We encourage bringing a few items that remind your child of home and will make him or her more comfortable. Examples include favorite blankets, stuffed animals, books and clothing.

It is important that the medical team knows what medications your child is currently taking, including name, dose, frequency and time. If you are unsure of any of these details, bring the bottles with you and our pharmacists will gladly take a look at them.

During Your Hospital Stay

Pediatric nurses Each day your child will have a nurse working with him or her. The nurse will visit the room to assess your child multiple times throughout the day. Feel free to ask the nurse questions and bring up any concerns as they arise.

The nurse will work with other members of the medical team, including respiratory therapists, doctors, dietitians, pharmacists and, depending on your child’s needs, physical, speech or occupational therapists. This team works together to assist your child in his or her recovery. Each day at 9 a.m. the medical team rounds outside the patients’ rooms, and parents and patients are welcome to attend.

Amenities

PICU room with crib Each pediatric room has a couch bed and sleep chair for a parent or caregiver to spend the night. A bathroom with shower is available in the unit so that parents can stay close to their child.

A waiting room with child-friendly toys is connected to the unit, so families and visitors can take breaks but still be close to the patient area.

Going Home

Dr. Satchell talking with family Before discharge, your medical team will talk with you and create a plan to make sure that you and your child are ready to succeed at home. We will provide follow-up appointments, prescriptions and discharge instructions.

If your child falls within Montana regulations for needing a car seat, please make sure you have one. The hospital cannot discharge your child if they require a car seat but do not have one. Animal tracks