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Contact precautions non-restrictive

 

The doctor has ordered contact precautions non-restrictive for your child because of a suspected or confirmed infection that could spread to other patients in the hospital. Contact precautions are 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 you will need to follow these precautions.

Contact precautions non-restrictive in the outpatient care areas

  • The parent or caregiver should clean their hands and the patient’s hands often.
  • The patient can use the main hospital entrance and go to appointments in different areas of the hospital.
  • The patient will wear a white armband.
  • The patient may visit common areas and waiting areas and take part in public events.
  • The staff will clean the rooms where these patients are seen before they are used by any other patients.
  • The entire time your child is on contact precautions non-restrictive, a sign on or by the door will say, “Contact Precautions.”
  • Caregivers and staff must clean hands before entering and after leaving the patient room.
  • Staff and visitors must wear gowns and gloves before they enter and while they are in the patient room. Visitors include friends, siblings, and family member other than the caregiver.
  • Gowns and gloves are stored outside the room, but they should be thrown away inside the room.
  • The patient can ride St. Jude shuttle buses and stay in a regular housing room.
  • Outpatients should never visit the inpatient units, including the inpatient common rooms.
  • If you cannot comply with these precautions, the staff might need to place your child on restrictive precautions.

Contact precautions non-restrictive in the inpatient care areas

If your child is admitted to a St. Jude inpatient unit while on non-restrictive contact precautions, practices will become restrictive as follows:

  • Patients must stay in their rooms. No visiting common areas.
  • The patient will wear a purple armband, showing contact precautions are needed.
  • The entire time your child is on contact non-restrictive precautions, a sign on or by the door will say, “Contact Precautions.”
  • Gown and gloves are required for entering the inpatient room.
  • The Environmental Services staff will wear gowns and gloves to clean the patient room and bathroom.
  • Gowns 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 and gloves.
  • Patients must wear a clean gown and staff must wear gloves and a gown while patients are transported to and from the inpatient room. Parents and caregivers must wear gloves and a gown only if they are carrying the patient during transport in the hospital.
  • When possible, the patient’s family members should avoid trips to common areas where other patients and families are present.

 

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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