Guidelines for Protecting Against Germs in the PICU
When children are critically ill, their bodies are not good at fighting off germs. Because they are much more likely to get an infection, we need to protect them, just as we protect newborns.
Your nurses, doctors and therapists at the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) need your help in limiting the number of visitors and keeping your child’s surroundings as clean as possible. For your child’s safety, follow these guidelines:
Observe Visiting Guidelines
Protect Against Germs
- Ask ill family members and friends to stay home
- Make sure everyone washes their hands before and after visiting. This includes our healthcare professionals – it’s okay to ask if you’re not sure someone cleaned their hands.
- Do not bring food or uncovered drinks into your child’s room. You may bring covered drinks into your child’s room and meals for parents can be delivered to and eaten in the Parent Living Area.
- Do not bring live plants or flowers into the room
- Whenever possible, meet with visitors in the waiting room
- This is a tobacco-free facility. Smoking is not permitted anywhere on hospital property.