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Contact precautions restrictive


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.

If your child is inpatient or outpatient, the entire time isolation is needed, a sign on or by the patient room or clinic room door will say “Contact Precautions.” This tells people, including visitors, 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. Visitors include friends, siblings, and family member other than the caregiver.

Contact precautions restrictive in the inpatient and outpatient units

  • Patient must enter the hospital through the isolation entrance.
  • Regular room may be used in the hospital.
  • Patients must stay in their rooms. No visiting common areas.
  • The patient will wear a purple armband, showing contact precautions are needed.
  • Gown and gloves are required for entering the inpatient and clinic patient 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, outpatient clinic, and Medicine 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.
  • 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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