Blank Children's Hospital

Safety & Security


Your child is offered age-appropriate clothing during hospitalization. Your child is encouraged to wear the  hospital apparel so they can be identified as patients.

Electrical Appliances

Please inform your caregiver if you brought small electrical appliances such as a hair dryer or razor. For your safety, such appliances need to be checked to make sure their cords are safe.

Fire Safety

If you hear a fire alarm (chimes or bells) or see flashing lights, please stay where you are until you receive further instructions from your caregiver. During an alarm, please leave all fire doors closed for your protection.

Locked Units

To ensure the safety of our patients, our units are locked 24 hours a day. All visitors and families need to check-in and out each time they visit a patient. Please follow instructions on the doors to gain access to the unit.

Lost and Found

If you get home and discover something was left behind, please call 515.241.5437 and ask for the floor where your child stayed. If the item is not there, it may have been placed in Lost and Found. Please call Security at 515.241.6476 to have them check Lost and Found.


Special regulations are in effect in areas where patients are receiving oxygen. Electrically-operated  equipment and aerosol products are not permitted. Absolutely no smoking is permitted in Blank Children's Hospital.


Any safety concern needs to be reported to your caregiver or manager.

Security/Public Safety

Our hospitals have an in-house security department, which provides many services for patients and visitors 24 hours a day. Some of these services include: Lost and found, escort services to vehicles, and vehicle  assistance. If you need help, contact the nursing staff or call 515.241.6476.


To maintain a healthy and safe environment for patients and visitors, Iowa Methodist Medical Center and Blank Children's Hospital is a tobacco free (including cigarettes, cigars, chewing tobacco, snuff, pipes, etc.) facility both inside and outside. Tobacco use is not allowed in any of our buildings or on areas  maintained by UnityPoint Health - Des Moines including grounds, parking lots, ramps, sidewalks, plazas and owned/leased UnityPoint Health - Des Moines vehicles. (This policy complies with a standard enacted by the Joint Commission on the Accreditation of Health care Organizations.)

If you have questions about our tobacco-free policy or cessation options that are available while you're on our campus, please talk with your caregiver.