HENDRY REGIONAL MEDICAL CENTER TO IMPLEMENT REVISED VISITATION POLICIES IN RESPONSE TO COVID-19
As we continue to evaluate the COVID-19 situation, we are adjusting our policies and procedures to ensure we are prioritizing patient and staff safety. Effective Wednesday, September 9th, 2020, Hendry Regional Medical Center will change our policies surrounding visitation within our facilities.
We are updating the exceptions to our visitor policy for specific patient populations as well as screening visitors for COVID-19 symptoms and asking that all visitors wear masks to promote social distancing. The new policy will be in place until the transmission of COVID-19 is no longer a threat to patients, staff, and the community.
LIMITED visitation is restricted to in-patient hospitalizations, Outpatient Procedures and/or Surgery, End of Life or Pediatric Patients only. See alternate exceptions and Limited Visitation policies below for more information.
Thank you for your understanding as we work to protect the safety of our community.
Limited Access Point
We are limiting the access points that employees, patients, and visitors can use to enter the Hospital. This is to ensure that everyone who enters the Hospital has been screened. Our Public entrance is our Main Entrance located on Olympia Street.
All Individuals will be screened at the Olympia Street entrance of the Hospital & at clinic locations.
All visitors will be screened daily for symptoms, including fever (infrared temperature check for fever greater than or equal to 100°F), cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, sore throat, new or worsened congestion that differs from their typical seasonal allergies, body aches, fatigue, loss of smell/taste, diarrhea. If visitor screens "YES" to any of the screening symptoms, the visitor will not be allowed to enter building or clinic.
All patients, vendors and staff are required to wear a mask at HRMC. Due to shortages of PPE HRMC is unable to provide masks for individuals (non-staff members) at this time. Facemasks must be properly worn at all times covering both the nose and mouth.
No visitors allowed with the following exceptions:
Patients with disruptive behavior, behavioral health diagnoses, altered mental status, developmental delays, or safety concerns in which a family member is key to their care or necessary to provide a history may have one visitor.
Minor patients under age 18 may have one visitor (parent or guardian).
Limited Visitation for Hospitalized Patients
Hospitalized patients may have one (1) designated visitor per day. The visitor may visit only between the hours of 2pm-4pm for a maximum of 20 minutes per visit. HRMC will only allow a maximum of six (6) hospitalized patient visitors at a time; visitors may be asked to wait outside the facility until called to enter.
Hospitalized patient Visitors will follow the parameters described below:
Must stay in the patient's room and will receive a badge/band, with the current date, that they must wear for the duration of their stay.
Will be screened for symptoms daily.
Will be expected to limit their movement throughout the facility, except for necessary functions.
Alternate Exceptions to the Visitor Policy
End of Life: Patients admitted for end of life evaluation and treatment, or patients being evaluated for and/or receiving hospice care, including Patients Under Investigation (PUI), suspected COVID-19 and COVID-19 positive patients, may have two visitors. End of life is defined as anticipated death with an active DNR in place and/or planned withdrawal of life-sustaining interventions (e.g., ventilator). Clergy are considered visitors and will be allowed for end of life situations as one of the two allowable visitors.
Outpatient Procedures and/or Surgery: Patients undergoing outpatient surgery and/or procedures may have one designated visitor who will be permitted to assist with the arrival and registration process if needed. This visitor will leave the facility during the procedure/surgery, remain near the premises, and will be contacted by phone post-procedure/surgery. (is this consistent with the policy? I like the idea)
Inpatient Hospitalizations: Patients undergoing inpatient surgery or being admitted to the hospital may have one designated visitor who will be permitted to assist with the arrival and registration process if needed. This visitor will be asked to leave the building during the procedure and for the remainder of the inpatient hospitalization unless an alternate exception is applicable. Visitors and/or caregivers will be kept informed through telephone and virtual communications.
Thank you for understanding and support. These changes are being made to protect your loved one, and the loved ones of others in our facility. We will ease the restrictions as soon as possible.
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