Please be advised that due to COVID-19, Shriners Hospitals for Children — Boston is postponing all elective cases until further notice.

At Shriners Hospitals for Children, the health and safety of our patients, families, volunteers and staff is our top priority. With the evolving situation regarding COVID-19, we are closely monitoring updates from local health departments and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and are actively following their recommendations.

If your child has an upcoming appointment, please contact your local Shriners Hospitals for Children location.

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Policies and safety

Policies and safety

Shriners Hospitals for Children — Boston embraces a culture of care that respects the rights, needs and safety of all patients and families. Our professional team will ensure you receive appropriate education regarding your child’s condition, treatment and ongoing care needs. Patients and families are encouraged to share their questions and concerns with the care teams.

Health precautions

If within three weeks of your admission date your child experiences any of the following conditions, please call our outpatient clinic at 617-371-4529 Monday through Friday between 7 a.m. and 4:30 p.m to speak with a nurse.

  • Cough
  • Exposure to chicken pox or measles
  • Fever
  • Itching of body/scalp or lice
  • Night sweats
  • Rash or redness of skin
  • Sore throat
  • Upper respiratory illness
  • Vomiting or diarrhea

Patient responsibility

A parent or legal guardian must accompany your child on the day of admission. If legal guardianship is held by someone other than the biological parent(s), please bring guardianship papers with you to the hospital. If custody is granted to one parent by the courts, a copy of this court order will also be needed for our records. The papers must be in English.

When you arrive at the hospital, please check in at the reception desk in the lobby. Do not go directly to a patient care unit.

Intensive care unit nurse-to-patient ratios

In compliance with Massachusetts Department of Public Health regulations, Shriners Hospitals for Children — Boston reports intensive care unit (ICU) nurse to patient ratios on a quarterly basis. The information from each quarterly report is required to remain on our website for three years. If you have any questions about this data, please call 617-722-3000.

Name of ICU: Acute Care Unit
Type of ICU: Burn

 Reporting period
Average daily
  patient census 
 Average daily
  staff nurse census 
 Average daily
  staff nurse-to-patient ratio 
 Jan. 2016 - March 2016 
 3 3 1:1
 April 2016 - June 2016  4 4 1:1
 July 2016 - Sept. 2016  5 4 1:1.2
 Oct. 2016 - Dec. 2016  3 4 1:1
 Jan. 2017 - March 2017 2.544   3.229  1:0.788
 April 2017 - June 2017 3.32  3.91 1:0.84 
 July 2017 - Sept. 2017 4.04 4.54  1:0.89
 Oct. 2017 - Dec. 2017 3.96 4.35  1:0.91 
 Jan. 2018 - March 2018 3.22  3.98 1:0.81
 April 2018 - June 2018  2.544  3.23 1:0.788
 July 2018 - Sept. 2018 3.10 4.42 1:0.70
 Oct. 2018 - Dec. 2018  4 5 1:0.8 
 Jan. 2019 - March 2019 6 5 1:1.2
 April 2019 - June 2019 7 5 1:1.3 
 July 2019 - Sept. 2019 6  5 1:1.3 
 Oct. 2019 - Dec. 2019 5 5 1:1.1
 Jan. 2020 - March 2020 4 1:0.9

Nondiscrimination policy

The mission of Shriners Hospitals for Children is carried out without regard to race, color, creed, sex or sect, disability, national origin or ability of a patient or family to pay. For more information, download our Nondiscrimination Policy.

Smoke free

Shriners Hospitals for Children — Boston is a smoke free campus.