Reply To: Refrigerator use for families and patients

  • Nancy Noonan

    December 8, 2021 at 6:23 pm

    Hello all:

    No, we do not have refrigerators in patient rooms or adjoining rooms.  
    Many years ago we discussed this option for either food and/or specimens, but were unable to come to consensus regarding infection control policies and potential safety concerns re: cross-contamination.

    Thank you, Nancy Noonan

    Nancy Noonan, MS,RN,BMTCN,CNS
    UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital Oakland
    Oakland, CA
    Original Message:
    Sent: 12-08-2021 09:14 AM
    From: Janet DeFrancesco
    Subject: Refrigerator use for families and patients


    Do any of your BMT units house a small refrigerator in the patient room and/or in an adjoining parent room?   If so, any infection control policies that you follow?

    Thank you,


    Janet DeFrancesco, CPON,MSN,RN
    Berlin, CT
    United States