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The doctor has placed your child in isolation because of a suspected or confirmed infection that could spread through the air to other patients in the hospital. To lower the risk of spreading the infection, we must limit your child’s contact with other patients.
Some types of germs (viruses and bacteria) can be spread through the air. Airborne germs can travel through the air and be inhaled.
Special 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 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