Kosair Children's Hospital develops 'no hit zone' policy


by Brooke Katz


Posted on November 12, 2012 at 1:45 PM

Updated Monday, Nov 12 at 2:21 PM

(WHAS11) -- Kosair Children’s Hospital and the University of Louisville Department of Pediatrics’ announced a new “No Hit Zone” policy and program to help create a calm and safe environment for everyone who walks through the hospital’s doors.

The “No Hit Zone” designation means that the organizations maintain and enforce an environment where:
-    No adult shall hit another adult
-    No adult shall hit a child
-    No child shall hit an adult
-    No child shall hit a child

Erin Frazier, M.D., FAAP lead the effort to develop and implement the policy. She is an associate professor of pediatrics at the UofL Children & Youth Project, and chair of the Kosair Children’s Hospital Child Abuse Task Force. She has been helping develop the associated educational and training efforts employees will need.

“Many healthcare workers in pediatric settings have encountered situations in which parents or adults have become angry, raised their voices, or hit a child or another adult in their presence without clear guidelines for them of what to do to intervene,” Dr. Frazier said. “Our goal for this initiative has been to help equip healthcare workers with some tools to use during these encounters, and to help reduce the frequency of disruptive behaviors in our patient care settings.”

Click here for more information on the initiative.