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The doctor has placed your child in isolation because of an infection that could spread to other patients in the hospital. To lower the risk of spreading the infection, we must limit your child’s contact with other patients. If you are an outpatient or inpatient, there will be a Droplet Precautions sign on your door for safety.
Some types of germs (viruses and bacteria) can be spread through droplets—by coughing or sneezing droplets that touch a person or a surface. Your child will follow restrictive precautions. Below are the steps you need to take:
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.
Arriving at the hospital
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 is 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.”
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