Patient Visitors

VISITOR RESTRICTION GUIDELINES RELATED TO COVID-19

For adult inpatients, no visitors will be permitted except under specific circumstances, and by prior approval from the Infection Control/Infectious Diseases team. The exceptions are:

  • End-of-life care: Two visitors are allowed at a time. Other family members need to remain outside of the facility to rotate in special circumstances
  • One visitor in labor and delivery and post-partum
  • One visitor for accompanying patients for hospital discharge
  • One visitor for patients undergoing emergency surgery related to a traumatic event
  • Above exceptions do not apply for PUI / COVID-19 positive patients.  No visitors for adult COVID-19 positive patients or PUIs.  
    • Exceptions: For end-of-life/withdrawal of care, one visitor at a time is permitted wearing full PPE (just-in-time PPE training will be provided by care team).  This visitor is not permitted anywhere else in the hospital.

For pediatric inpatients, we must restrict visitation to reduce the risk of transmission of the virus to our patients and staff:

  • The family of each pediatric patient is allowed to name up to two primary caregiversClick to closeAnyone who takes care of the patient at home and helps with daily activities. for the duration of the hospital stay.
  • The caregivers should be parents or legal guardians and must be in good health and cannot change during the patient’s hospitalization.
  • We ask that, as much as possible, only one primary caregiver be present in the hospital at any one time.
  • Pediatric patients hospitalized with possible/confirmed COVID-19 will be allowed only one designated caregiver who should stay with the patient in their room during the patient’s stay. This caregiver is not permitted anywhere else in the hospital (e.g. cannot go to the cafeteria) and must enter and exit the hospital with a surgical mask on, and use only the patient’s restroom.
    • In the event of a code blue, caregiver will not be permitted to use the patient waiting area.  They will be informed that they may either stay in the patient’s room or leave the facility and wait outside.
    • Caregiver may order inpatient meals (breakfast, lunch, dinner) for him/herself and the tray should be delivered to the room. 


For NICU patients, visitation is limited to reduce the risk of viral transmission to patients and staff:

  • The family of each NICU patient is allowed to name up to two primary caregivers for the duration of the hospital stay.
  • The caregivers should be parents or legal guardians and must be in good health and cannot change during the patient’s hospitalization.
  • We ask that, as much as possible, only one primary caregiver be present in the hospital at any one time.
  • No COVID-19+/PUI parents or caregivers are permitted to visit the NICU
    • COVID+/PUI parents or caregivers may visit in the NICU once all of the following criteria are met:
      • Resolution of fever without the use of antipyretics for at least 24 hrs and
      • Improvement (but not full resolution) in respiratory symptoms and
      • Negative results of COVID-19 testing from at least two consecutive NP swab specimens collected > 24 hours apart
    • Exceptions on a case-by-case basis may include critically ill infant or end-of-life care (at the discretion of the attending Neonatology staff)
  • COVID+/PUI infant in the NICU: No visitors will be permitted
    • Exceptions on a case-by-case basis may include critically ill infant or end-of-life care (at the discretion of the attending Neonatology staff)
  • All visitors must wear a surgical mask when in the NICU

For Obstetric patients:

  • One designated visitor for labor, delivery, and duration of mother’s hospital stay
  • Designated visitor should remain in the patient’s room as much as possible (e.g. limit in-hospital trips to the cafeteria, etc.)
    • Exception is for visitation of infant in Newborn Intensive Care Unit
  • For patients triaged as under investigation (PUI) or COVID-19 positive patients:
    • The visitor will leave the hospital until the COVID-19 results are available
      • No visitors for COVID-19 positive obstetric patients or PUIs
        • Exceptions: end-of-life, stillbirth, periviable delivery, expected life-limiting or life-threatening condition for the newborn, mother with significant comorbidity potentially limiting her ability to care for a newborn.  Single designated visitor must be wearing PPE, with just-in-time PPE training provided by care team.  
      • For PUIs who are determined to be COVID-19 negative, the designated visitor can return to the hospital to be with the patient

For all outpatient appointments:

  • One visitor will be permitted to accompany a patient to facilitate care or treatment such as an ambulatory visit, procedure or same-day surgery.
  • Visitors are not allowed in our cancer infusion suites where care is being delivered to potentially immunocompromised patients. 
  • Visitors are not allowed in our OB/GYN, Maternal Fetal Medicine, Fetal Assessment, Fetal Therapy or Perinatal Ultrasound suites.
  • We encourage family, friends and loved ones to use electronic devices and apps to keep in contact with patients.

VISITORS WHO MEET THE ABOVE EXCEPTION CRITERIA MUST ALSO ABIDE BY THE FOLLOWING: 

  • Visitors will be screened for flu-like symptoms, such as fever, cough or shortness of breath and will not be able to stay if symptomatic.
  • All visitors must wear a face covering/mask
  • Visitors must be over the age of 18.  No children permitted at this time.
 

Last Updated 4/7/2020