Reply To: Sibling Policy

  • Monica McMath

    October 21, 2021 at 10:54 am
    Good morning,

    As a general rule, we do not allow siblings in clinic, but do make exceptions for breastfeeding infants. On the rare occasion that it’s determined the family has zero resources to assist with child care, we will allow a sibling to come. We usually try to minimize exposures with early morning or late afternoon appointments, keep them in isolation rooms, etc. If a family just shows up with extra people/siblings, we typically turn them away and either attempt to reschedule or offer a virtual visit, depending on the patient’s clinical status. All families are notified of our visitor policy when appointments are made and also called the day before as a reminder.

    Monica McMath, BSN, RN, CPN
    Nurse Manager
    Children’s Blood and Cancer Center
    Dell Children’s Ascension
    4910 Mueller Boulevard, Suite 200 | Austin, TX 78723

    t: 512-628-1999 x80233
    m: 512-297-0831

    Dell Children's

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    Original Message:
    Sent: 10/21/2021 7:48:00 AM
    From: Kellie Kirbitz
    Subject: Sibling Policy

    Hi all- Looking for input as to what other clinics policies are on siblings being allowed at clinic and/or infusion appointments.
    If you do NOT allow siblings, how do you manage barriers that families have in finding childcare for other sibs? Any other input, ideas, etc. are welcome! Thank you!

    Kellie Kirbitz BSN,CPHON,RN
    Grand Rapids MI United