Contact precautions


The doctor has placed your child in isolation because of an infection, suspected or confirmed, 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 he will need to be in isolation.

If your child is inpatient, the entire time he is in isolation there will be a sign on the patient room electronic pad that says “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

  • Regular room may be used in hospital
  • Patients must stay in their rooms.
  • The patient will wear a purple armband to indicate contact precautions.
  • Gown and gloves are required for entering the inpatient and clinic 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. Family members must wear gloves and a gown 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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