Patient Belongings and Valuables
The staff at University of Wisconsin
Hospitals and Clinics (UWHC) and
American Family Children’s Hospital
(AFCH), care about our patients things.
Please bring only items to the hospital
that one must have because storage space
in patient rooms is limited. Sometimes
items are lost when patients move about in
the hospital for tests, or items may be lost
when placed on a tray or taken out with
garbage or laundry.
Patients are in charge of all items they bring
to the hospital. When patients are children
(less than18 years old) or have legal
guardians, they are in charge of the patients’
things. Sometimes a key person is in charge
of patient’s items. Parents, guardians, key
persons, and visitors are also in charge of
their own things. So, please bring only
items really needed in the hospital.
The staff of UWHC and AFCH will assist
with storing items that are needed.
On admission, your nurse will make a list of
patient belongings in the medical record.
Please tell your nurse when:
ξ You send your items home.
ξ Visitors bring more items.
ξ You would like your items put in a
safe at the hospital.
ξ We have hospital gowns and non-
skid socks for patients to wear during
ξ We suggest you send your patient
clothes home with family or friends.
ξ Please ask family or friends to bring
comfortable clothes to wear when it is
time to leave.
ξ Valuables include money, credit
cards, jewelry, wallets, purses,
cameras, cell phones, laptop
computers, and other items that are
worth a lot of money.
ξ If you have patient valuables in the
hospital, your nurse will make a list
of the items and put them in an
ξ The envelope will be kept in the
cashier’s office in a safe if the items
can’t be sent home with a family
member or friend.
ξ Your nurse will help get your
valuables when you are getting ready
ξ The valuables you keep at the
bedside (such as a purse or laptop)
will be your responsibility.
ξ We will give you a clear case for
your everyday items like dentures,
hearing aids, eyeglasses, and
ξ This case will have patient’s name
on it and should be kept by the bed.
ξ Please keep dentures, hearing aids,
glasses, and retainers in this case
when not in use.
ξ Please don’t put dentures or retainers
on a tray, under a pillow, on the
sheets, or any place where they can’t
ξ Please don’t leave hearing aids on
the bedside or over-bed table.
ξ Please don’t put eyeglasses on the
bedside or over-bed table, bed, or in
a robe pocket.
Wheelchairs, walkers, canes,
and CPAP/BiPAP machines
ξ Please mark these items with
ξ If you need labels, please ask your
nurse for some.
Medicines, vitamins, and
ξ Bring a list of all the medicines,
vitamins, and supplements taken by
ξ This list should include all herbal,
over-the-counter, and prescription
ξ If there isn’t a list, please bring the
containers for your pharmacist to
ξ The containers can go home with a
family member after a pharmacists
looks at them, or stored in the
pharmacy until you are ready to
ξ Medicines, vitamins, and
supplements from home may not be
stored by patients’ bed.
Cell Phones, chargers, iPads,
iPods, lap top computers, and
ξ If you plan to bring any of these
items, please label them.
ξ We are not in charge of these items if
you keep them at the bedside.
ξ American Family Children’s
Hospital patients may use the locked
cabinet in the patients room to lock
ξ If you would like, your nurse can
send your patient electronic items to
the cashier’s office for storage in a
safe during your stay.
ξ Parents of patients who are children
(less than 18 years old), legal
guardian or main support persons of
patients, are in charge of lost items
of patients. The main support people
along with adult patients with good
mental status, and visitors, are also in
charge of their own lost items.
ξ UWHC doesn’t replace lost, stolen,
or damaged items.
ξ We do try to return lost items to their
ξ To file a lost items report, please call
the Patient Relations Department at
We hope these tips will help keep your items
safe during your stay.
Your health care team may have given you this information as part of your care. If so, please use it and call if you
have any questions. If this information was not given to you as part of your care, please check with your doctor. This
is not medical advice. This is not to be used for diagnosis or treatment of any medical condition. Because each
person’s health needs are different, you should talk with your doctor or others on your health care team when using
this information. If you have an emergency, please call 911. Copyright © 8/2016 University of Wisconsin Hospitals
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