What to Expect on a Daily Basis
Certain activities will be conducted each day after a child is admitted to Phoenix Children's Hospital for a stem cell transplant:
- Weighing every morning. The child may be awakened for this. Daily weights help the doctor to see how well the patient is responding to IV fluids and medicines.
- Taking of vital signs (blood pressure, temperature, oxygen saturation, respirations and pulse) at least every four hours and sometimes more often.
- Routine blood draws every morning between 4–6 a.m.
- Medications given at specific times. While the nurses try their best to allow patients to sleep as much as needed, there are times when patients need to wake up to take medications at specific times.
- Visits from members of the child's medical team.
Patients are not allowed out of their rooms unless they need to travel for a procedure. When leaving their room, patients wear an N95 mask.
Please contact us if you have questions about what to expect on a daily basis or anything else related to the stem cell transplant process.