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Admissions screening for the transplant unit


During your time at St. Jude, your child might be admitted as an inpatient to the Transplant Unit in the Chili’s Care Center even though your child is not having a transplant.

Children having transplants often have a prolonged stay and have little or no immune system function. This means they can’t fight off infection well. Although many patients at St. Jude have weak immune systems, those in the Transplant Unit are at an even higher risk for life-threatening infections.   

Because the Transplant Unit houses patients at the greatest risk, the guidelines for admission, visiting, and infection control are different than for other inpatient units. Even if your child is not getting a transplant, all patients and families who might stay on the Transplant Unit must meet certain screening criteria before being admitted and must follow the transplant infection control guidelines.

You will be asked a series of screening questions by your doctor or nurse coordinator to help decide the best location for your child’s inpatient stay.

Transplant Unit safety and visitation guidelines

  • Visiting hours are from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. and from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. daily. Parents and primary caregivers are not thought of as visitors and may be on the unit at all times.
  • Siblings who are 7 years of age or older and can follow handwashing guidelines may visit during visiting hours.
  • Siblings are not allowed to stay overnight.
  • Non-siblings must be at least 16 years of age.
  • Screening of caregivers and visitors will take place on their first entry to the Transplant Unit each day.
  • The number of caregivers and visitors in the patient and parent room combined is limited to 2 people.
  • Only one caregiver may stay overnight in the patient room.
  • Handwashing is required each time you enter and leave the Transplant Unit.
  • Handwashing is required each time you enter and leave your child’s room. This includes when you move from the parent room to your child’s room.
  • Patients younger than 2 years old must be in a crib when they sleep.

This document is not intended to take the place of the care and attention of your personal physician or other professional medical services. Our aim is to promote active participation in your care and treatment by providing information and education. Questions about individual health concerns or specific treatment options should be discussed with your physician.

St. Jude complies with health care-related federal civil rights laws and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, disability, or sex.

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