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Father Channels His Grief into Advocacy, Promotes Simple Actions to Make Hospitals Safer for Children
Date:2/12/2010

save lives. Encourage your staff to never be afraid to tell a patient "I am not sure, let me check."

Treat the "whole" child.  Every member of the medical team must be trained to observe and treat the whole child, not just focus on their limited scope of responsibility. Give every patient the time and attention they deserve. Medical professionals need to examine patients not only their clipboards.

Don't treat children as little adults.  Make sure staff at every level, from lab, pharmacy, nursing and other disciplines, are trained and sensitized to the unique protocols associated with treating children.  Make sure staff knows how to calibrate dosages for children and have scales and other essential equipment designed for children.

About Sebastian Ferrero Foundation:

Horst and Luisa Ferrero created the Sebastian Ferrero Foundation in memory of their happy and healthy 3-year-old son, Sebastian, who died in October 2007 as a result of a series of preventable medical errors in Gainesville, Fla. The mission of the Sebastian Ferrero Foundation is: to advocate and fundraise for a state-of-the-art, full-service children's hospital in Gainesville, Florida while promoting excellence in patient safety and insuring that all families are treated with compassion, courtesy and dignity. For more information, visit www.SebastianFerrero.org.

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