Reply To: Isolation Guidelines

  • Mary Lynn Rae

    September 9, 2014 at 9:47 am

    We have the same issues.  Isolation is discussed with the caregivers but not enforced.  We educate the caregivers on good handwashing and to not go to the common/public areas of the hospital. 

    Mary Lynn Rae
    Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago
    Chicago, IL
    United States

    Original Message:
    Sent: 09-08-2014 09:31 AM
    From: Karen Wolownik
    Subject: Isolation Guidelines

    Visitors of BMT patients on protective isolation at our center are required to mask and perform hand hygiene before entering the room. However, when the patient requires isolation due to infection, such as contact or droplet precautions, we currently require all visitors INCLUDING Parents to follow the same guidelines as healthcare workers and gown/glove/mask as appropriate.  Compliance with this practice by families is very low.  What do you do at your center? Are parents required to wear gowns/gloves at all times if on contact isolation?  Do you do a reverse precaution for parents ie parents put on a gown when exiting the room?  Any tips for increasing compliance?
    Thank you in advance for your responses.
    Karen Wolownik, MSN, RN, CPNP, CPHON
    Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital
    Valhalla, NY
    United States