Reply To: Refrigerator use for families and patients

  • Mindy Bibart

    December 9, 2021 at 11:17 am

    We do not have refrigerators in patient rooms. Many years ago, our rehab unit had small refrigerators in rooms; however, the temperature and food expiration monitoring/recording became too big of a regulatory liability.

    Mindy Bibart, DNP RN CPHON NE-BC CSSBB
    Director of Patient Care Services, Hematology/Oncology/Blood and Marrow Transplant
    Nationwide Children’s Hospital
    Columbus, OH
    Original Message:
    Sent: 12-09-2021 09:56 AM
    From: Mary Lynn Rae
    Subject: Refrigerator use for families and patients

    We do not have refrigerators in the patient rooms



    Mary Lynn

    Mary Lynn Rae, MSN, RN, NPD-BC, CPHON

    Nursing Professional Development (NPD) Practitioner/Clinical Educator

    Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders (LC17/LC18)

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

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    Original Message:
    Sent: 12/8/2021 8:43:00 PM
    From: Caroline Costello
    Subject: RE: Refrigerator use for families and patients


    We have small refrigerators in the rooms at BCH. The temperature is centrally monitored. They are cleaned between patients. They only fit extra drinks or small items fo the patients. We have a large refrigerator for parent food in the nourishment room.

    Thank you,




    Caroline A. Costello MBA, BSN, RN, CPON, BMTCN, NPD-BC

    Nursing Clinical Education Coordinator

    Hematopoietic Stem Cell Transplant Program

    Boston Children’s Hospital

    300 Longwood Avenue

    Boston, MA 02115

    Phone # 1.617.355.7533

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    Original Message:
    Sent: 12/8/2021 10:15:00 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