Patient Belongings and Valuables
Patients and visitors are responsible for all belongings. Boca Raton Regional
Hospital is not responsible for replacing lost or misplaced items.
We highly encourage you not to wear any type of jewelry when coming to
the hospital through the Emergency Department or if you are having a procedure. We recommend you bring only essential items to the hospital and offer the
following tips to help keep your personal items secure:
Storage space in patient rooms is limited. A robe and slippers are necessary
for all patients. Hospital gowns are provided. We suggest that clothing
worn to the hospital be sent home with family/friends and have appropriate
clothing brought to the hospital shortly before patient discharge.
Patients are asked if they wear dentures or bridges and if so, a staff
member will provide a denture cup to store them in when not in use. The
cup will be labeled with the patient’s name. Please avoid placing
dentures on a meal tray, under a pillow, on the sheets or in any concealed
place where they may be lost or accidentally thrown out.
Hearing aids should be kept in the original case provided upon purchase.
If the original case is not available, nursing staff will provide a container
labeled with patient name to store the hearing aids in when not in use.
Do not leave hearing aids unprotected on the bedside or over-bed table.
Glasses and contact lenses are best secured in a case with patient name
on it when not in use. To prevent loss or damage to eyeglasses during
hospitalization, patients are asked to not leave them unprotected on the
bedside table, in a robe pocket or on the bed.
Wheelchairs, Walkers, Canes
Please put your name on all necessary items that are brought to the hospital
including wheelchairs, walkers, and canes.
Bring a current list of medications the patient is taking to the hospital.
This includes herbal and over the counter medications as well as prescription
medications. If a list is not available, bring in the medication containers
for the staff to create a current medication list. The containers can
then be taken home by a family member or friend. If medications are unable
to be sent home, they may be stored in our Security Pyxis system until
discharge. If the medicine needs to be verified it is done by our Pharmacy
team. Medications brought from home are not to be stored at the bedside.
Please leave all valuables at home or send them home with a family member
or friend upon admission to the hospital; this includes cash, checkbooks,
credit cards, jewelry and other items deemed to be of value, wallet, purse,
cell phone, laptop computers, e-readers, iPads, etc., or any other item
that would be considered a loss if misplaced. Patients move about during
a hospital admission for testing, procedures and treatments or from one
inpatient unit to another due to their medical condition. If family members
are not present, valuable items should be given to the nursing staff to
be secured in a valuables envelope and locked in the safe. They are not
to be kept at the bedside. A receipt is placed on the chart for the valuables
locked in the safe. To retrieve valuables, the patient will request through
the patient care provider who will contact Security to retrieve the valuables.
The secured bag is opened in the presence of the patient and the valuables
are match to the contents listings. The receiver of the valuables signs
the Security Valuables Sheet.
Unless placed in our possession for safekeeping, Boca Raton Regional Hospital
does not replace lost items. We will be happy to check our lost and found
for your items. If you are/were an inpatient/outpatient, please call our
Security Department at 561.955.3380.