Healthcare facilities modify visitor policy after Governor Ivey eases restriction

Alabama News

ALABAMA (WKRG) — During Governor Ivey’s press conference Wednesday she announced a couple of big updates, one being the allowance for one visitor or caregiver to accompany a patient or resident at a time.

Below is a list of changes to healthcare facilities’ visitor policy:

SPRINGHILL MEDICAL CENTER

(5:44 PM) — Springhill Medical Center has revised its visitation policy.

COVID-19 & Symptomatic PUI Inpatients 
·    COVID-19 positive or Symptomatic PUI patients will not be allowed to have any caregivers present at the bedside except in end-of-life situations.
·    There will be no visitors in ICU due to COVID restrictions.

Non-COVID Inpatients 
·    One competent caregiver, 18 years or older, shall be considered in situations where his/her presence improves the patient’s safety or physical care. 
·    The caregiver will not be allowed to rotate with others during the patient’s stay, as we continue to recognize the importance of reducing unnecessary exposure.
·    The one caregiver must:
     o    Be competent in his/her ability to improve the care and understanding of the patient.
     o    Must have a photo ID. 
     o    Follow Universal Masking Guidelines: Patients and caregivers should be wearing their own face covering upon arrival to the facility and must wear it at all times. If they do not have a face covering, a facemask should be offered as supplies allow, which should be worn while they are in the facility. Face coverings can be made of a variety of materials, including cloth, for the purpose of Universal Source Control. Face coverings should not be placed on anyone who has trouble breathing, or anyone who is unconscious, incapacitated, or otherwise unable to remove the mask without assistance. Individuals who are unable to wear a mask should consider not visiting due to the increased risk of disease transmission.
     o    Agree to practice appropriate hand hygiene and limit the touching of surfaces in patient care areas.
     o    Stay in the room:  Caregivers are asked to remain in the patient’s room
     o    Comply with entrance screening: Visitors will only be allowed through the front lobby of the hospital with active visitor screening upon entry. 
              Entry will be denied to anyone who screens positive for symptoms of COVID-19 such as a temperature above 100.4, cough or shortness of breath.
              Entry will be denied to anyone who has been exposed to COVID-19
              Caregivers are asked to wear a visitor band at all times. 

End-of-Life Guidance
·    For non-COVID-19 patients in which death is reasonably anticipated within 24-48 hours, immediate family (parents, spouse, and children) will be allowed at the bedside
·    For PUI/COVID-19 patients, only one visitor will be allowed at the bedside, pursuant to approval from the attending physician due to limited PPE.
     o    Visitors will be required to follow all instructions from clinical staff related to hand washing, PPE, entry/exit, length of time with patient etc.

Emergency Departments
·    No caregiver will be permitted unless deemed by the care team as necessary for patient care or for end-of-life considerations. If approved by the clinical team, the one caregiver (meeting the above requirement) is to remain in the patient’s room.
     o    The support person will be screened on admission. If the support person does not pass screening, they will not be allowed to enter the facility.
     o    The support person will be required to wear a mask at all times.
     o    The support person will not be allowed to rotate with others during the patient’s stay, as we continue to recognize the importance of reducing unnecessary exposure.
     o    COVID-19 positive or Symptomatic PUI patients will not be allowed to have any visitors, including support person.

Observation/Outpatient Surgical Procedure Guidance
·    Will be closed to visitors for patients with less than a 24 hour stay. 

Special Circumstance Visitors 
·    Special Circumstance Visitors will be required to follow all other guidelines including screening, universal masking guidelines, and remain in the patient’s room at all times.
·    The following visitors will be allowed into the hospital and not restricted to certain hours:
     o    End of life care, including clergy visitation for end of life care and patients who have elected hospice and are pending discharge. 
     o    Labor and Delivery
     o    Pediatric care where parent or legal guardian is required
     o    In person training of caregiver is considered essential, and may permit training more than one caregiver providing social distancing and other precautions are maintained.
     o    Reasonable access to support person(s) for patients with disabilities, for example patients with cognitive or developmental disabilities who require presence of legal guardian.

Cafeteria
·    Will be closed to visitors.

Hours of Visitation 
·    Caregivers will be allowed to enter from the hours of 10:00 AM until 2:00 PM. 
·    Unit 3500 hours will be from 10:00 AM until 10:30 AM and 1:30 PM until 2:30 PM. 
·    The waiting rooms will not be open to visitors. 

We reserve the right to restrict visitation at any time in order to protect and maintain the health and safety of our patients and employees. 

USA Health

(2:23 PM) — USA Health released its new guidelines regarding the visitation policy.

Patient Caregiver Policy:
Per the “Safer at Home” state order issued by Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey, visitors remain restricted in
hospitals. Exceptions or continued restrictions are set forth below. Exceptions may be allowed in situations where a Caregiver’s presence improves the patient’s safety, emotional well-being, physical care, or endof-life experience (compassionate care).
COVID-19 & Symptomatic Covid Suspect Inpatients
• COVID-19 positive or Symptomatic Covid Suspect patients will not be allowed to have any Caregivers
present at the bedside except in end-of-life situations.
Non-COVID Patients
• One competent Caregiver shall be considered in situations where his/her presence improves the
patient’s safety, emotional well-being, or physical care. The one caregiver must:
o Be designated by the patient on admission.
o Be competent in his/her ability to improve the care and understanding of the patient.
o Follow Universal Masking Guidelines: Caregivers should be wearing their own face covering upon
arrival to the facility and must wear it at all times.
o Agree to practice appropriate hand hygiene and limit the touching of surfaces in patient care areas.
o Stay in the room: Caregivers are asked to remain in the patient’s room and not leave the unit or
roam the hospital except for basic personal needs (ex: food, restroom).
o Comply with entrance screening.
o Entry will be denied to anyone who screens positive for symptoms of COVID-19 such as a
temperature above 100.4, cough or shortness of breath.
o Only one Caregiver will be allowed per patient in consideration of the need to limit unnecessary
exposures.
o Caregivers, as defned above, will be allowed to enter between 8am and 8pm unless deemed
necessary by the patient care team.
o Be age 18 or older.
Surgical/Procedural Guidance
• One Caregiver (meeting the above requirements) may accompany the patient to assist with entry into
the hospital and registration only.
• The Caregiver will be contacted by hospital personnel after surgery/procedure regarding discharge
procedure.
End-of-Life Guidance
• For non-COVID-19 patients in which death is reasonably anticipated within 24-48 hours, up to two
Caregivers (meeting the above requirements) will be allowed at the bedside.
• For Covid Suspect/COVID-19 patients, only one caregiver will be allowed at the bedside for 1 hour
o Caregivers will be required to follow all instructions from clinical staf related to hand washing, PPE, entry/exit, etc.
Caregiver guidelines are subject to change by management based on infection control recommendations, safety of patients, healthcare personnel and the community.

Infirmary Health

(1:54 PM) — Infirmary Health announced its policy change on Facebook.

View the full policy explanation here:

In concordance with Governor Ivey’s Safer at Home Order, Infirmary Health has modified its hospital visitor policy effective Friday, October 2, at 8 a.m. Each patient will be permitted one designated visitor per day (exceptions apply). Visitors will be required to adhere to the following guidelines. Visitors who do not meet these guidelines will not be permitted.

• All visitors will be required to be masked (wearing own mask from home, subject to the requirements set forth in this policy, will be allowed), temperature screened and asked approved CDC questions before allowing entrance.
• All visitors should maintain hand hygiene and appropriate social distancing.
• Same visitor per patient per day, 18 years or older
• All visitors should remain in the patient’s room. All cafeterias, waiting areas, gift shops and other common areas remain closed to visitors.

✅ Visitor Hours at Mobile Infirmary, Infirmary Long Term Acute Care Hospital, Thomas Hospital, North Baldwin Infirmary and Oakwood Center for Living are as follows:
• Non-ICU: 8 a.m. – 11 a.m. & 4 p.m. – 6 p.m.
• ICU/LTACH: 9 a.m. – 11 a.m. & 4 p.m. – 6 p.m.
• Senior Behavioral Health Visitation will be permitted by appointment only
• For COVID-19 positive patients, no visitors unless it is an end of life situation or special circumstances as approved by Hospital Leadership
• No overnight visitation is allowed unless approved by Hospital leadership.

✅ Visitor hours at J.L. Bedsole/Rotary Rehabilitation Hospital and Colony Rehabilitation Hospital
• Monday – Friday | 4 p.m. – 6 p.m.

✅ Visitation Policy
Rotary Rehabilitation
• One visitor per patient. Must meet above criteria.
Labor & Delivery
• One support person per patient. Must meet the above criteria.
Nursery
• Mother of patient and one support person. Both must meet above criteria.
Pediatrics
• 1 parent or guardian at all times. Must meet above criteria.
Outpatient Surgery
• No visitors are allowed for outpatient procedures unless approved by hospital administration.
Emergency Departments
• One visitor will be allowed once the patient has been assigned in room. Must meet the above criteria.
Surgical Procedures
• One caregiver (meeting the above requirements) may accompany the patient to assist with entry into the hospital and registration.
End-of-Life Guidance/ Inpatient Hospice
• For non-COVID-19 patients in which death is reasonably anticipated within 24-48 hours, one caregiver (meeting the above requirements) will be allowed at the bedside
– Caregivers may rotate with other caregivers
• For PUI/COVID-19 patients, only one caregiver will be allowed at the bedside, pursuant to approval from the attending physician due to limited PPE.
– Caregivers will be required to follow all instructions from clinical staff related to hand washing, PPE, entry/exit, length of time with patient, etc.

Springhill Medical Center

(5:14 PM) — Springhill Medical Center announced its policy change on its website.

Springhill Medical Center continues to enhance policies to keep our patients and our employees safe throughout the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. 

Visitor Restriction Guidance

Effective Date:    10 a.m. on 10/2/2020
COVID-19 & Symptomatic PUI Inpatients 

·    COVID-19 positive or Symptomatic PUI patients will not be allowed to have any caregivers present at the bedside except in end-of-life situations.
·    There will be no visitors in ICU due to COVID restrictions.

Non-COVID Inpatients 
·    One competent caregiver, 18 years or older, shall be considered in situations where his/her presence improves the patient’s safety or physical care. 
·    The caregiver will not be allowed to rotate with others during the patient’s stay, as we continue to recognize the importance of reducing unnecessary exposure.
·    The one caregiver must:
     o    Be competent in his/her ability to improve the care and understanding of the patient.
     o    Must have a photo ID. 
     o    Follow Universal Masking Guidelines: Patients and caregivers should be wearing their own face covering upon arrival to the facility and must wear it at all times. If they do not have a face covering, a facemask should be offered as supplies allow, which should be worn while they are in the facility. Face coverings can be made of a variety of materials, including cloth, for the purpose of Universal Source Control. Face coverings should not be placed on anyone who has trouble breathing, or anyone who is unconscious, incapacitated, or otherwise unable to remove the mask without assistance. Individuals who are unable to wear a mask should consider not visiting due to the increased risk of disease transmission.
     o    Agree to practice appropriate hand hygiene and limit the touching of surfaces in patient care areas.
     o    Stay in the room:  Caregivers are asked to remain in the patient’s room
     o    Comply with entrance screening: Visitors will only be allowed through the front lobby of the hospital with active visitor screening upon entry. 
              Entry will be denied to anyone who screens positive for symptoms of COVID-19 such as a temperature above 100.4, cough or shortness of breath.
              Entry will be denied to anyone who has been exposed to COVID-19
              Caregivers are asked to wear a visitor band at all times. 

End-of-Life Guidance
·    For non-COVID-19 patients in which death is reasonably anticipated within 24-48 hours, immediate family (parents, spouse, and children) will be allowed at the bedside
·    For PUI/COVID-19 patients, only one visitor will be allowed at the bedside, pursuant to approval from the attending physician due to limited PPE.
     o    Visitors will be required to follow all instructions from clinical staff related to hand washing, PPE, entry/exit, length of time with patient etc.

Emergency Departments
·    No caregiver will be permitted unless deemed by the care team as necessary for patient care or for end-of-life considerations. If approved by the clinical team, the one caregiver (meeting the above requirement) is to remain in the patient’s room.
     o    The support person will be screened on admission. If the support person does not pass screening, they will not be allowed to enter the facility.
     o    The support person will be required to wear a mask at all times.
     o    The support person will not be allowed to rotate with others during the patient’s stay, as we continue to recognize the importance of reducing unnecessary exposure.
     o    COVID-19 positive or Symptomatic PUI patients will not be allowed to have any visitors, including support person.

Observation/Outpatient Surgical Procedure Guidance
·    Will be closed to visitors for patients with less than a 24 hour stay. 

Special Circumstance Visitors 
·    Special Circumstance Visitors will be required to follow all other guidelines including screening, universal masking guidelines, and remain in the patient’s room at all times.
·    The following visitors will be allowed into the hospital and not restricted to certain hours:
     o    End of life care, including clergy visitation for end of life care and patients who have elected hospice and are pending discharge. 
     o    Labor and Delivery
     o    Pediatric care where parent or legal guardian is required
     o    In person training of caregiver is considered essential, and may permit training more than one caregiver providing social distancing and other precautions are maintained.
     o    Reasonable access to support person(s) for patients with disabilities, for example patients with cognitive or developmental disabilities who require presence of legal guardian.

Cafeteria
·    Will be closed to visitors.

Hours of Visitation 
·    Caregivers will be allowed to enter from the hours of 10:00 AM until 2:00 PM. 
·    Unit 3500 hours will be from 10:00 AM until 10:30 AM and 1:30 PM until 2:30 PM. 
·    The waiting rooms will not be open to visitors. 

We reserve the right to restrict visitation at any time in order to protect and maintain the health and safety of our patients and employees. 

   Our message to anyone wishing to help in some way is to please consider a donation of whole blood or platelets by visiting the LifeSouth blood donation office located on Hillcrest Road in the coming weeks.


🚨🚨The Birthing Suites at Springhill – UPDATE 3/16/2020🚨🚨
Please understand all restrictions we are placing on visitors to our Birthing Suitse are to protect our Mothers and their new babies. We need your help and cooperation. We are not allowing any non-essential visitors to our unit at this time. This includes personal photographers, our hospital photographer will be screened daily. We will be providing an ID band to each visitor to allow them access to the unit, which will be locked until further notice.

Effective Immediately the following precautions will be implemented to prevent the spread of Coronavirus Disease 19 (COVID-19) and to protect our Moms and babies.

  • Visitors will be limited to one (1) per patient with documentation of a negative COVID-19 test.
  • Any visitors with cold or flu symptoms will NOT be allowed to visit.
  • Any visitors who have traveled outside of the U.S. or any area within the U.S where COVID-19 is active in the last 30 days will NOT be allowed to visit.
  • We are strongly discouraging any children under the age of 15 from visiting.
  • The Alabama Department of Public Health has set up a hotline for people who are concerned about whether they need to be tested and where testing is available.  That number is 1-888-264-2256.

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