Read before you visit- on your health
This information is to protect Paul and to inform visitors of the risk that infections can cause to PICU babies. One of the best things you can do is GET YOUR FLU SHOT! Before you visit, since it is cold and flu season please get your flu shot. You will need to wash your hands before visiting and we also will have masks available to you. We may ask you to “mask up” before seeing the baby as a precaution.
- The babies in the newborn service are already unwell so it is very important to keep them safe from any infectious illnesses.
- Anyone who is even a little sick can not be in contact with the baby.
- Anyone who has been in contact with somebody with an infectious disease should also stay away as they could pass the infection to the baby, even if they do not feel sick themselves.
- Heart babies are at far greater risk than a healthy baby, as they are less able to fight off infection.
Which infectious diseases can cause problems?
Any infectious disease can make a baby sick. Common communicable infections that can cause harm include:
- Coughs, colds, flu
- Cold sores (Herpes)
- Respiratory viruses
Any one with these infections should notify us to check if they can visit
What are the symptoms of an infectious disease?
- Feeling unwell
- Lacking in energy
Children are, unfortunately, not allowed in the NICU, PICU or around Paul until after his Glenn surgery.
Hospital Infection Control Golden Rules
- Always wash your hands before touching or handling baby
- Do not visit if you are sick, coughing or sneezing
- Do not visit if you have been in contact with someone who has an infectious disease