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At St. Jude, we have play areas in each outpatient area and on every inpatient unit. Most of these areas are open 24 hours a day, except for a few in outpatient areas that close in the evening. From time to time the play areas may be closed. This can happen when staff are cleaning the areas. The play areas can also be closed because of sickness within our community.
You and your child may visit these areas as you wait for appointments or when your child is inpatient.
Volunteers schedule activities throughout the week. Child Life specialists also offer therapeutic activities in these areas.
For infection control reasons:
The play areas are a safe place for children. Medical staff are not allowed to come into the play areas to conduct exams or give medicines. Instead, staff may ask the child to go to an exam room, procedure area, or patient room. The only exception is if an emergency occurs in the area.
Patients who are in isolation may not visit the play areas. Their siblings and visitors may not visit the play areas until isolation precautions have been removed.
During isolation, a volunteer or staff person can bring toys or activities to your child’s exam room or inpatient room.
All toys in the play areas are cleaned each day.
Dirty-toy bins are in each play area. Please place toys in these bins if:
Please do not remove toys from the dirty-toy bin. A volunteer or staff person must clean each toy properly to prevent the spread of infection.
Reviewed: July 2022