Visiting Cancer Patients
Your child's hospital stay should be as comfortable and worry-free as possible. One of the ways we can help to alleviate stress is to keep you informed about what will happen.
Upon admission, your child’s nurse will discuss the general daily schedule, meal times and policies of the floor. The day often begins with blood tests being drawn about 6 a.m. or earlier. Pediatric residents working on our team check your child early on most mornings. The inpatient team meets daily from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. to discuss the care of each of our hospitalized patients and to visit your room to update you on your child’s progress. Bone marrow tests and spinal taps under sedation are performed in the pediatric critical care unit or the outpatient clinic, usually from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. or after 1 p.m. Other specialized tests, such as scans and X-rays services, are performed in those departments throughout the day as scheduled.
Visiting Your Child
General visiting hours are from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily. Parents are welcome to room-in overnight by using a pull-out bed. Each patient room is private, with its own shower and tub. Young brothers and sisters are welcome; visiting hours for them should be arranged in advance with your nurse.
Learn more about staying overnight at Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital.
Visitor Screening Process for Improved Patient Safety
Many children treated with chemotherapy have weakened immune systems. Children who are newly diagnosed with leukemia and other cancers and those being treated with bone marrow replacement do not have a normal capacity to fight infections.
In order to protect these children from unnecessary infections, Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital screens visitors to make sure they are safe to visit hospitalized children.
To help prevent the spread of infection we:
- Ask questions that help us determine if you are well enough to visit a child who is unable to fight infections well
- Give out “Bee Bug Free” stickers if you are well enough to visit a child or young adult
- Assist you in proper hand-washing methods and explain isolation guidelines, if they are in place for a child