Our state-of-the-art Blood and Marrow Transplantation Center is located on the hospital’s fifth floor. All 28 patient rooms are private, and all rooms and hallways are High Efficiency Particulate Free Air (HEPA)-filtered, giving you the freedom to leave your room with your doctor’s permission.
Each room has a viewing window and some rooms have a camera to enable the nursing staff to monitor your situation more closely, if needed. Isolation rooms are available if necessary to protect you or other patients.
A solarium and restroom facilities for your family and visitors are also located on the fifth floor. The solarium is comfortably furnished and has a refrigerator, microwave oven, television, washer and dryer, and a telephone. Food is allowed in the solarium, but we ask family and visitors to remember that this is a shared area.
You may find it comforting to surround yourself with personal items. Converting your hospital room into “your own space” may alleviate some of the stress of a long stay. Pictures of family members, posters, a special bedspread or comforter, a CD or MP3 player with your favorite music, books, videos or even a pillow can often help.
Pillows must contain no down or feathers; they must be new or freshly laundered. Stuffed animals should be new. Old ones can be laundered by placing them in a pillowcase, securing the pillowcase with a rubber band, and washing on your machine’s gentle cycle.
You can bring your own clothes, but be sure they are loose fitting so that the BMT team can easily access your long-term intravenous catheter. Please leave all jewelry at home. You should bring your own shampoo.
Mail will be delivered daily, but someone else should open it for you while your white blood count is low. New magazines, newspapers and other unused reading material are acceptable.
No fresh or dried flowers, potted plants or animals are allowed on the unit. Silk flowers (but not with a dried-moss base) and balloons are fine.
Each patient room has a speaker telephone. Long-distance telephone calls can be arranged through the operator for an extra charge. All rooms also are equipped with televisions and DVD players. There is a daily charge for phone and television service. DVDs can be borrowed. You may bring a laptop computer from home, and you will be able to access the Internet through our RPCI public WiFi service. Laptop computers are available for short-term loan from the Community Cancer Resource Center on the first floor, in the Sunflower Cafe.
Visitor Rules and Guidelines
The BMT unit has an open visiting policy, which means that family members or friends can visit at any time. However, you should check with your doctor and charge nurse before children visit.
These following rules and guidelines are designed to create a pleasant, healthy environment for everyone. Please respect them.
Meals are provided by the Food and Nutrition Department. You will be on a low microbial diet to reduce your exposure to bacteria and prevent infection and food-borne illness. Each day you will receive a menu to make your selections. A dietitian reviews the menus daily and will guide your choices as needed.
Foods from home are allowed as long as: