As a response to the current community situation with COVID-19, we are suspending most in-person visits to our hospitalized patients. The decision to suspend hospital visits was difficult and made only after careful consideration.
We encourage family members and friends to use alternative ways to interact with their loved ones, including phone calls, Face Time, Skype and other means.
We recognize there are times when having a visitor or family member present is crucial. Exemptions may be made for the following circumstances:
Non-Covid Patients who are at the end of life may have two to three masked visitors each day.
All patients in Critical Care status (COVID positive or not) may be allowed to have 1 masked visitor each day. If COVID positive, this one visitor must be the same person each day.
Covid Patients or suspected Covid patients (withdrawal of care where death is imminent) may be moved to a private room and have 2-3 masked visitors for extubation and visitation. (Please reference the Standard Process for Withdrawal of Life Support for COVID-19 Patients)
- Patients undergoing surgery or procedures may have one single-time masked visitor immediately after the procedure, prior to transfer to inpatient unit. Pediatric patients may have both parents accompany the patient.
- Patients with limited decisional capacity may have a masked parent or masked guardian present.
- Patients who have altered mental status or developmental delays (where caregiver provides safety) may have one masked visitor.
- Patients with disruptive behavior, where a family member is key to their care, may have one masked visitor.
- Obstetric patients may have one masked support person per day
- NICU and Pediatrics may have one or both masked parents per day who must remain in the room for the duration of the visit.
- Patients in the Emergency Department can have one masked person to accompany the patient, except pediatric patients may have both parents.
- To ensure a safe discharge process when discharging a patient home staff make every attempt to give discharge instructions to a family member/care giver in addition to the patient themselves. If staff feel the only way to accomplish this safely is to have one masked family member come to the patient room they may do that and then have the visitor accompany the patient out of the building.
- If patients present for care in Wound Care or Outpatient Infusion Care and need help being transported to that department, one masked person may accompany the patient to the department and wait with them in the room until the procedure is over.
Please note, visitors as listed above are subject to the following guidelines and screening before entering all Memorial entities (hospital and clinics).
- Visitors will not be allowed if they have symptoms of respiratory infection (fever, runny nose, cough, shortness of breath).
- Visitors allowed must be masked and stay in the patient’s room the entire time of the visit. Once the visitor leaves the patient room, they must leave the medical center. Visitors under the age of 16 will not be allowed except under extraordinary circumstances, and no animals other than service animals are permitted.
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