A new report from the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) suggests that in some places, children’s hospitals are not adequately protected by health care workers and that they have not been adequately trained.
In the US, in particular, there have been a number of high-profile cases of child abuse at children’s medical centers.
The incidents have sparked protests, but in the past year, the CDC has made several steps to ensure that such incidents do not happen again.
The report from IFAW highlights the problem of child medical centers, which it says are “not properly protected from health care threats.”
The report points to the fact that children’s facilities are typically poorly maintained, with staff often being paid by the facility, and that some facilities have been built without proper health insurance.
IFAW says that in the case of children’s health facilities in the US and abroad, it’s hard to make a case for them being “safe zones.”
For example, it points to facilities that have been closed for a long time and that have not had adequate health care staff training, or facilities where workers are poorly compensated.
The IFAw report also points to a lack of safety protocols in the care of children in the hospitals, particularly in the context of the ongoing Ebola crisis.
It also notes that facilities that operate in the United States are subject to the jurisdiction of the Department of Health and Human Services, which is responsible for implementing the federal Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP).
The report points out that CHIP, which was created to provide healthcare to children up to age 26, was initially created as a way to prevent children from being exposed to the virus and then to provide a “safety net” for children who were exposed to it.
The report argues that the CHIP system has become “unnecessary and unnecessary” as the Ebola crisis has worsened.
However, it also highlights that there have also been cases of children dying in facilities in which the child has been transferred to the CHILP system.
The recommendations to make facilities more secure include creating more designated “safe areas” for staff and requiring health care providers to wear masks while working with children, and requiring that facilities be certified by the CDC and provide more training to staff on how to safely handle children.
“We call on all stakeholders to ensure children’s healthcare facilities are safe and secure places to care for their children,” the IFAaw report said.
“The CDC has taken steps to address the problem but more must be done.”
The report also notes the need for greater access to high-quality medical training.
“We recommend that all facilities and providers of health care services, including health care facilities and healthcare providers, have an experienced and trained staff,” it said.
More information: IWAM, www.ifaw.org/sites/default/files/IWMA_Report_2018_01.pdf