Reply To: Care of COVID + Patients

  • Janet DeJean

    January 27, 2022 at 12:42 pm

    Good Morning!
    We have two Hem/Onc units and one BMT unit.  We have worked very hard to keep all of our Covid + patients cohorted on one of the Hem/Onc units and keep the other units as Covid free as possible.   Is this always possible?  No, because patients are Covid swabbed in the ER or clinic & it is resulted after arrival to the unit or the parent who is coming/going brings it in.  We do move patients around to keep them cohorted as much as possible.  The unit where they are cohorted continues to be a Hem/Onc unit and they do take chemo admits, hematology, some fever/neutropenia, but we do keep all of the higher risk kids off of this unit.  

    Hope this helps!

    Janet DeJean

    Janet DeJean, MSN, RN, CPON
    Clinical Specialist
    Texas Children’s Cancer and Hematology Centers
    Houston, Texas 77030
    Original Message:
    Sent: 01-27-2022 07:37 AM
    From: Carie Murphy
    Subject: Care of COVID + Patients

    Just trying to get a general idea as to how many of the Peds Hem/Onc/BMTU units out there care for covid + patients on your unit.  Our unit is a 24 bed unit with 2 reverse isolation rooms.  Currently, we can take up to 2 covid + hem/onc patients on our unit if needed.  Our whole floor is hepa filtered, otherwise, so we do try to not put any severely immune compromised patients near the reverse isolation rooms, and we do not have any BMTU patients near those rooms either.  I am wondering how many other facilities out there accept covid + patients on their hem/onc units.  Thank you in advance for anyone willing to share.

    Carie Murphy, MSN, RN, CPON
    ANM, Weaver 4
    Peds Hem/Onc/BMT Educator
    Wolfson Children’s Hospital
    800 Prudential Drive
    Jacksonville, FL 32207