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ICU guidelines: What you
need to know


These are guidelines we need you to follow during your child’s stay in the ICU.

  • Only 2 family members or visitors at a time may visit your child in the ICU. When family or visitors are not in your child’s ICU room, we ask that they stay in the parent room or ICU waiting room. This will help protect the privacy of all of our patients.
  • For the privacy of all our patients during report and shift change, all visitors and parents must remain in the room from 7–7:30 a.m. and from 7–7:30 p.m. No one will be allowed to enter the unit during these times.
  • Nurses will assess your child often; therefore, the nurse needs to be able to easily reach your child and the equipment in your child’s room at all times.
  • Only the patient may sit or lie on the patient bed. It is important to keep the number of germs low in the area where your child sleeps.
  • Your child will need a daily linen change and bath to help prevent infection. Your child will use either a soap and water bath, wipes bath, or a chlorhexidine gluconate (CHG) wipes bath. Your child’s nurse will tell you which one is best for your child based on the treatments he is receiving. It is important to always change the linen and take a daily bath whenever possible.
  • Any patient 24 months of age or younger must be in a crib. If a patient is 25–36 months of age, a clinician will decide the right size bed based on the child’s height, potty training status, and the type of bed used at home. A parent or guardian must stay with the patient at all times if a crib is not in use.
  • Everyone, including family members and visitors, should clean their hands well before entering and after leaving a patient’s room.
  • Please keep your cell phone at least 3 feet away from medical devices or equipment since the signal from a cell phone can cause some medical equipment to stop working or not work the right way.
  • A member of the healthcare team will ask all visitors to the ICU several health screening questions before they enter the unit.


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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