Droplet 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 or outpatient, the entire time he is in isolation there will be a sign on the patient room or clinic room door that 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

  • Regular isolation rooms may be used in the hospital.
  • Patient will wear a blue armband to indicate droplet precautions.
  • Patients and siblings younger than 16 must stay in their rooms in the hospital; no restrictions on parents or other caregivers, but they must take extra precautions to avoid contact with other patients and families.
  • If only one caregiver is present with the patient and siblings and the caregiver needs to leave the patient room, the siblings younger than 16 may go with the caregiver, but all should wash their hands well.
  • Gown, surgical mask, and gloves are required for entering the inpatient and clinic 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. Family members must wear surgical masks, gloves, and gowns 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.


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.

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