This pamphlet is for parents whose child has been admitted to the Department of Pediatrics and Adolescence Medicine and the child is in isolation.
Why is your child in isolation?
Your child is in isolation to avoid infecting other children at the Department of Pediatrics and Adolescence Medicine. In some cases, children are put into isolation when they are particularly susceptible to infection. The doctor or nursing staff will tell you why your child is in isolation. Different diseases can infect in different ways. The most common forms of infection are spread via contact and droplets.
Your child is in isolation to avoid spreading infection via:
☐ Contact (direct or indirect).
☐ Droplets (droplets expelled from the upper respiratory tract from sneezes, coughs and speaking).
The staff at the Department of Pediatrics and Adolescence Medicine wear special protective equipment (such as disposable gloves and gowns) on the isolation ward. This is to avoid spreading infection to other sick children in the department.
General precautions in isolation
- Your child must stay in their room while in isolation.
- If you go into the corridor to fetch a cup of coffee or tea or to get food from the visitor kitchen for example, you must wear the following:
- In the event of contact infection: Disposable gloves and gown
- In the event of droplet infection: Disposable gloves, gown and a mask
You will find gloves, gowns and masks in the yellow cart in the corridor, or in the small entrance between the room and the corridor. Gloves, gowns and masks are disposable, and must be thrown into the waste bin in the room after use.
Good hand hygiene is important for all forms of infection, and you should sanitize your hands with disinfectant before leaving the room.
If you are sharing a room with other families, it is important that you use disinfectant before and after touching objects such as breast pumps and scales that are used by the other families. Remember to wipe those objects with a disinfectant wipe before and after use. If you share a bathroom with other families, use hand sanitizer before and after use.
If you exit directly to the cafeteria/lobby and do not touch anything in the corridor, you do not need to wear gloves, gown and mask, but it is important that you use a hand sanitizer before leaving the room.
Visitors entering the room direct from the lobby, and who do not wait or touch anything in the corridor, do not need to wear gloves, gown and mask, but once again, it is important that they use hand sanitizer before leaving the room. Visitors who have been in the isolation room should not be in corridor or enter the playroom without protective clothing.
Cutlery and crockery
Cutlery and crockery that has been in an isolation room must not be placed on the food cart in the corridor, but will be removed from the room by staff.
It is important that you tidy up and gather your belongings in the room, so cleaning staff can clean tables, floors, etc.