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Airborne precautions


The doctor has placed your child in isolation because of a suspected or confirmed infection that could spread to other patients in the hospital. Isolation is used to help prevent the spread of infection. The doctor can tell you the type of bacteria or virus your child has and how long isolation will be needed.

For this type of isolation, your child will be placed in an inpatient or clinic isolation room that has a negative pressure air-handling system. This means air blows into the room when the door is open. There will be a sign on the patient room or clinic room door that says “Airborne Precautions.” This tells people coming into the room what type of personal protective equipment (PPE) they need to wear before they enter and while they are in the patient room.

Airborne precautions

  • Patients should enter the hospital through the isolation entrance.
  • Negative pressure room is required in hospital.
  • Patient must stay in the isolation room.
  • Patient will wear a red armband to indicate airborne precautions.
  • Staff and visitors must wear surgical mask, gown, and gloves when entering the patient room.
  • Patient must wear a surgical mask and a clean gown and staff must wear a gown, gloves and a surgical mask while the patient is being transported to and from the room. Family members must wear surgical masks, gloves, and gowns if they are carrying the patient during transport around the hospital.
  • Gowns, masks, and gloves are stored outside the room, but they should be thrown away inside the room.
  • Clean hands before entering and after leaving the patient room and before and after using gowns, masks, and gloves.
  • Family members and caregivers must wear a surgical mask while they are in the patient room for their own protection and when leaving the patient room.
  • Family members should avoid visiting common areas where other patients and families are present.
  • The Environmental Services staff will wear gowns, masks, and gloves to clean the patient room and bathroom.
  • Patients are not allowed to ride St. Jude shuttle buses.


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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