Reply To: “Mask for All” for In-Patients

  • Nicola Jones

    June 16, 2020 at 7:56 am

     No, our BMT patients do not wear a mask when in their room. Family members also do not wear masks, only staff are required to wear masks currently.

    Nicola Jones, APRN, FNP-C, CPHON, AOCNP

    Division of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology/Blood & Marrow Transplant

    Norton Children’s Hospital

    231 East Chestnut Street, 7 West

    Louisville, KY 40202

    (502) 629-8817 (P)

    (502) 629-4635 (F)





    Original Message:
    Sent: 6/15/2020 10:27:00 AM
    From: Mary Lynn Rae
    Subject: RE: “Mask for All” for In-Patients

    While the patient is inpatient we do not require they mask; we just want the parents/caregivers to mask when a staff member steps into the room



    Mary Lynn

    Mary Lynn Rae, MSN, RN, CPHON

    NPD Practitioner/Clinical Educator Hem/Onc/SCT

    Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago

    T 312.227.4224 | |

    225 East Chicago Avenue, Box 248, Chicago, Illinois 60611-2991



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    Original Message:
    Sent: 6/15/2020 9:43:00 AM
    From: Kathleen Magee
    Subject: “Mask for All” for In-Patients

    Hello All,

    Like many other hospitals, our hospital has adopted a “Mask for All” policy for staff, visitors and patients over the age of 2.  While this is fairly easy to comply with in the ambulatory setting, we are having some challenges with our in-patients, especially our long stay or highly nauseous BMT/Chemo patients.

    I would like to bench mark with other institutions with the following questions:

    1)  Do you ask your patients to wear masks while they are admitted?

    2)  If the answer is yes, do you expect patients to sleep in their mask, as staff are going in and out of the room all night?

    Thanks so much!


    Kathleen Magee, BSN,MA,NP,RN
    Clinical Director
    Texas Children’s Hospital
    Houston, TX
    United States