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***INFLUENZA VISITOR RESTRICTIONS***

The Hospital has implemented a temporary visitor restriction due to multiple confirmed cases of influenza. The restrictions will protect patients, staff, and visitors from unnecessary exposure to the highly contagious respiratory virus.

Effective immediately, visitation will be restricted as follows:

  • No visitors who have had fever, cough, vomiting, or diarrhea in the previous 24 hours
  • No visitors under the age of 16 (Siblings who are not exhibiting flu symptoms will be allowed to visit new babies, however, children may be screened for illness before being allowed to visit.)

These restrictions are for visitation only, and do not apply to patients receiving services or attending scheduled appointments.

In addition, all visitors are asked to wash or sanitize hands frequently while at the hospital. Hand sanitizer dispensers are available throughout the hospital, in patient rooms, and in restrooms. Hand hygiene is the best and easiest way to control infection, whether at the hospital, or at home.

Patient Visitation

Policy: All patients have the right to visitation except as outlined below.

Purpose: To facilitate and support visitation that provides comfort to patients.

Guidelines:

  • Visitation is supported as follows:
    • Patients have the right to select who may or may not visit them regardless of whether or not that person is legally related to the patient.
    • Patients and/or their representatives will be fully informed of their visitation rights on admission including any clinical restrictions or care whenever possible and when he/she is informed of their patient rights.
    • Visitors will not be restricted based on race, color, national origin, religion, gender identity, sexual orientation or disability
    • Clinical restrictions and limitation decisions will be based on the health and safety of the visitors and patients.
  • Visitation may be restricted under the following clinically necessary and/or reasonable circumstances:
    • Patient is undergoing care interventions;
    • Presence of infection control issues;
    • Visitation may interfere with the care of other patients;
    • Existence of court orders restricting contact (of which the hospital is aware);
    • Disruptive, threatening or violent behavior of any kind;
    • Patient need for privacy or rest;
    • Need for limitation of the number of visitors during a specific time;
    • Need for minimum age requirements for child visitors.

When someone is sick or in the hospital, a visit can help cheer them up. But it’s also important to remember that when someone is sick, they may not be in the mood to see many people. So it’s a good idea to be sensitive to a patient’s needs

You can learn more in our online health library.

 

References: Federal Register Vol 75, #223, 482.13 and 485.635
Original: 1977
Revised: 1993, 08/99, 07/02, 05/05, 11/08, 02/12

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