St. Cloud Hospital Children’s Center to become locked unit June 15

To enhance the safety of its youngest patients, St. Cloud Hospital’s Children’s Center will become a locked unit Friday, June 15. To access the Children’s Center, visitors must take D elevator (Lakes elevator) to the third floor, where they will be asked to show a photo ID and provide both the first and last name of the patient they wish to see.

“Having a locked unit will decrease traffic and allow for better monitoring of people entering the unit. This will help to keep our infants and children safe,” said Diane Pelant, RN, CCRN, clinical director of the Children’s Center at St. Cloud Hospital.

Infant abduction is one of the 28 events that the National Quality Forum identified as events that never should occur in hospitals.