Pediatric Bone Marrow Transplant Specialist Hospital in Hyderabad
What is bone marrow/stem cell transplantation?
Bone marrow — soft, spongy tissue found inside the bone — produces blood cells that make up
the immune system. All blood made in the bone marrow starts out as stem cells. The transplant
itself may be referred to as a “stem cell transplant” (SCT) or a “bone marrow transplant” (BMT);
they are used interchangeably.
While patients in our BMT unit may be undergoing similar treatments, different patients have
different care plans, and each patient’s body responds to treatments differently. So please keep in mind that even though other patients receiving bone marrow transplants may have a similar treatment plan to yours, you will most likely have different experiences. If at any point you have questions or concerns, please speak to your health care team.
There are two main types of bone marrow/stem cell transplants:
Autologous (self-donation): This means you are receiving your own bone marrow, stem cells
or cord blood. After you donate, it is frozen and stored for your infusion at a later date.
Allogeneic (someone else donates): A donor, such as a parent, sibling or nonrelative
selected from a national registry, provides the stem cells, bone marrow or cord blood
for your transplant.
Pediatric BMT unit guidelines
Compliance with the transplant regimen plays a large role in the success of a pediatric bone
marrow transplant. For the safety of our patients, the transplant team requests your cooperation with the guidelines below. When patients are admitted to the unit for their transplants, they will be required to initial and sign a contract, indicating that they understand the unit guidelines .
Parents and caregivers may visit 24 hours a day. However, no more than four people (two
parents/caregivers and two visitors) are allowed in the patient’s room at one time.
Two parents/caregivers (over age 18) are allowed to sleep in the patient’s room overnight;
however, only one sleeper bed is provided in each room. A reclining chair may be available.
Please check with your nurse if you have any questions about sleeping arrangements.
Visitors younger than 13 years old will not be allowed on the unit. They are only permitted
access to the lobby level (first floor).
Visitors between the ages of 13 and 17 years old must be supervised by an adult family
member at all times. No one under the age of 18 is permitted to spend the night at the hospital.
All visitors must be screened at the nursing station for symptoms of infection (e.g., cough,
runny nose, sore throat, fever) before entering the unit.