Pedi Oncology question


Fairly new to this site but thought I would ask a few questions and learn from others. I have recently been placed in a position of writing or re-writing policy and procedures for my unit. Even though I have 17 years here doing pediatric oncolgy, I feel that we have fallen into the "this is the way we have always done it" mindset. Would others be willing to share advice on how there units are managed?

We are a designated 17 bed hem/onc unit. Staffing ratio varies. We are looking at our safety issues as related to chemo order processing, administration, disposal, etc.

We also have issues with child life. They would like the playroom to be open to all....patients and visitors. There is a concern over infection control as we allow our neutropenic patients to be out of their rooms if they have not had a fever in 24 hours.

I am sure I will have other questions as I get further into this new job...but thanks in advance for all suggestions and help


blondy2061h, MSN, RN

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Specializes in Oncology. Has 15 years experience.

Does your unit have hepa filters and/or a reverse airflow system? That makes a huge difference in how careful you need to be about things like that.

Do you have BMT patients?


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No BMT...basic peds hem/onc with some clean med surg overflow. We have Hepa filters in all patient rooms but that is it.



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What is BMT? thank you in advance!!

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