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Audio and video monitoring


Why is there a sign about audio and video monitoring in my child’s room?

Some patients who are staying at St. Jude might need a monitor that lets staff members see and hear them. The monitor is similar to a baby monitor you might use at home. It does not record you, your child, or anyone else in the room.

When does my child need a monitor?

Usually, only when you and other caregivers are not with your child. Just like you might use a baby monitor when your child is alone in their room at home, the nurses might use one in your child’s room at St. Jude. We do this to make sure your child is safe. We also check on your child in person as part of our normal routine. We do this whether your child has a monitor or not.

Using monitors in the ICU

We might use a monitor in your child’s room in the intensive care unit (ICU) or intermediate care unit (IMCU). We do this if we are concerned about your child’s safety and we cannot see your child easily from the nurses’ station.

We also use monitors in 2 specific rooms, one (1) in the ICU and one (1) in the IMCU. These are isolation rooms with double doors. We will use a monitor if your child is in critical condition in one of these rooms.

How we protect your family’s privacy

We protect your child’s privacy if we use an audio and video monitor for medical reasons. The video monitor and speaker are placed where visitors and the public cannot see them. We also tell you if your child needs an audio and video monitor, and we tell your child if they are old enough to understand.


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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