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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
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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!