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ICU Guidelines

Please follow the guidelines below during your child’s stay in the ICU:

  • Only 2 family members or visitors at a time may visit your child in the ICU. When family or visitors are not in your child’s ICU room, we ask that they stay in the parent room or ICU waiting room. This helps protect the privacy of all our patients.
  • Nurses will assess your child often. The nurse needs to always be able to reach your child and the equipment easily in your child’s room.
  • Only the patient may sit or lie on the patient’s bed. It is important to prevent the spread of germs in the area where your child sleeps.
  • Your child will need a daily linen change to help prevent infection.
  • Your child will also have a daily bath with either soap and water, wipes, or chlorhexidine gluconate (CHG) wipes. The nurse will tell you which type of bath is best based on your child’s treatments.
  • Any patient 24 months old or younger must be in a crib. If a patient is 25–36 months old, a clinician will decide the right size bed based on the child’s height, potty training status, and the type of bed used at home. A parent or guardian must always stay with any child not in a crib.
ICU nurses station

The nurses station overlooks patient rooms in the ICU. The nurses are only steps away.

  • Always raise the sides of the crib before you step away from your child if they are in the crib.
  • Everyone, including family members and visitors, must clean their hands well before entering and after leaving a patient’s room.
  • A member of the health care team will ask all visitors to the ICU several health screening questions before they enter the unit.

Reminders

  • Only 2 family members or visitors at a time may visit a child in the ICU.
  • While in the ICU, your child will need a daily linen change and bath to help prevent infection.
  • Everyone must clean their hands before entering and after leaving a patient’s ICU room.


Reviewed: August 2022