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Droplet 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 the patient room or clinic room door will says “Droplet 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’s room.

Droplet precautions restrictive in the inpatient and outpatient units

  • Patient must enter the hospital through the isolation entrance.
  • Regular isolation rooms may be used in the hospital.
  • Patient will wear a blue armband, showing droplet precautions are needed.
  • Patients must stay in their rooms in the hospital. No visiting common areas.
  • No restrictions on parents or other caregivers, but they should limit their trips outside the patient room to common areas. They should take extra precautions to avoid contact with other patients and families, and clean their hands often.
  • Gown, surgical mask, and gloves are required for entering the inpatient and clinic patient room.
  • Patient must wear surgical mask and a clean gown and the staff must wear a gown, gloves, and surgical mask while patient is transported to and from the inpatient or clinic room. Parents and caregivers must wear surgical masks, gloves, and gowns only if they are carrying the patient during transport in 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.
  • Parents and other caregivers should talk to the staff right away if they feel they or their other children are showing signs of infection.
  • 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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