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Children in an adult infusion facility

  • 1.  Children in an adult infusion facility

    Posted 09-11-2019 18:38
    With flu season approcahing, our adult outpatient oncology facility is working to develop a policy to limit the age of visitors to children/individuals over the age of 10. We have found that having small children around can be loud and over-stimulating for both patients and staff. In additon, exposing our patients to this population poses an increased risk of infection and having children in the clinic potentially exposes them to an increased risk of coming into contact with dangerous chemotherapy drugs. I am interested to hear what types of policies other outpatient and inpatient facilities have in place to address children in the facility.

  • 2.  RE: Children in an adult infusion facility

    Posted 09-12-2019 08:39
    Hi we have the same issue here, we posted language ​advisory in our waiting areas ,however this really does not help.

    I sometimes have to speak patients directly and explain both sides of the risk and it is not until I mention the risk the their child that they seem to be a bit more understanding.

    When the patient absolutely can not come in with out the child we either r/s if they are to receive chemo tx or place them in a private room with documentation of the advisory and exposure. When our pt as schedule for Iron which is in the later part of the day we allow but also advise pt if at all possible to not bring in child.

    Leticia Hernandez
    Practice Manager
    Homestead FL

  • 3.  RE: Children in an adult infusion facility

    Posted 09-12-2019 10:03
    We have guidelines that are given to the patient on their first clinic visit.  Guidelines explain that due to clinic space, and infection prevention,  children are not permitted in the infusion area.   If children come, they are welcome to stay in our waiting room, but must be accompanied by a responsible adult if at all possible. ​ We allow one adult to sit with the patient during infusions.

    If they do need to bring a child in and don't have an adult, we try to isolate them in our procedure room if it's not in use.  We will be relocating our infusion services in November back to the hospital's main campus, which will provide us more rooms to isolate patients with children if necessary.

    Hope this helps.

    Cheryl Nagy RN, BHA, OCN
    Director, Oncology Services
    Lima OH

  • 4.  RE: Children in an adult infusion facility

    Posted 09-12-2019 10:20

    We do not allow anyone below the age of 16 in our infusion area for all the reasons you listed.


    Tana Scott, BSN, RN, OCN

    Clinical Manager

    Lange-Fuhs Cancer Center

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