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The doctor has placed your child in isolation because of an infection that could spread to other patients. To lower the risk of spreading the infection, we must limit your child’s contact with others when in the hospital and outpatient areas. In order to prevent the spread of the infection and the safety of all patients, an Airborne Precautions sign will be placed on your inpatient door or the clinic room door in the outpatient area.
Some types of germs (viruses and bacteria) can be spread through the air. Airborne germs can travel through the air and be inhaled.
Airborne precautions require special ventilation. Air from the room must be sent outside to lessen the risk to others. This may also be called negative-pressure isolation.
You will need your own private transport to and from the hospital. Do not use the St. Jude shuttle buses. If you do not have your own vehicle in Memphis, St. Jude will arrange a shuttle or taxi for you. Call 901-595-4501 to arrange your housing and transport needs.
The most important way to prevent the spread of infection is to clean your hands often. This means either washing well with soap and water or using alcohol gel.
For some infections, soap and water are the only way to remove certain germs. If your child has this type of infection, you might see a sign on the door that reads, “Cleaning hands with water and soap is required.” Unless this is on the door, you can use alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
If your child is an outpatient, you and your child will stay in an isolation room. Many services you need will come to that room.
Sometimes, you can stay in the same St. Jude housing if your child is on isolation precautions. Other times, you may need to move to lower the risk of spreading infection.
Reviewed: September 2022