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Visitor Restrictions – COVID-19

In keeping with changing state and federal health guidelines, Deborah has adopted the following visitation guidelines, effective Monday, November 30, which at any time are subject to change.

Deborah prioritizes the safety and well-being of patients, patient visitors/ support persons, and staff. Deborah recognizes the important role that visits from support persons have on patients’ well-being. This guidance balances that influence with the need to reduce the risk of being exposed or infected with the coronavirus. These guidelines establish color codes for visitation.

Today’s Visitation Status Is Yellow.

What does that mean for the location you are visiting?

Location

Green

Green Visitor

Yellow

Yellow Visitor

Red

red visitor

COVID Positive or Waiting for Results No visitors No visitors No visitors
Inpatient: Medical/Surgical/Telemetry ONE visitor at a time, and up to TWO visitors per day for 30 minutes each One visitor per day for 30 minutes No visitors (except for discharge education)
Inpatient: Critical Care ONE visitor at a time, and up to TWO visitors per day for 15 minutes each One visitor per day for 15 minutes No visitors (except for discharge education)
Outpatient: Clinic No visitors No visitors No visitors
Procedure Patients ONE visitor in lobby ONE visitor in lobby No visitors
End of Life Patients Visitors on a case by case basis as determined by social distancing Visitors on a case by case basis as determined by social distancing Visitors on a case by case basis as determined by social distancing

 


For All Visitors to the Hospital (General Visitor Guidelines)

  • Visitors must be 18 years or older.
  • Complete a Visitation Screening Tool (to determine visitation eligibility).
  • Temperature Check (no visitation allowed with temperatures equal to or above 100.0 degrees F).
  • Visitors from states on the New Jersey “travel advisory list” at the time of visitation or NJ residents that have traveled to one of the these states within the past 2 weeks – will be prohibited from visiting.
  • Visitors must correctly wear a face mask at all times while in the hospital. Any visitor who fails to correctly wear a face mask will be asked to leave the facility. Correctly wearing a face mask includes covering of the nose and mouth. Masks with an exhalation valve will not be permitted (a face mask may be brought from home or one will be provided, subject to availability, when entering the facility).
  • Social distancing of at least 6 feet required at all times between other visitors, hospital staff, and patients.
  • On entering the Hospital everyone is required to use the hand sanitizer provided.
  • Visitors will receive a Visitor Tag after they are screened. This Tag must be displayed at all times while in the hospital. It shows that the screening has already taken place.
  • Visitors are not allowed to wander the halls.
  • Visitors are not allowed in the Hospital cafeteria. Visitors must use the main lobby café, Brewed Awakenings.

For Inpatients

  • General Visitor Guidelines posted above apply.
  • NO visitors are allowed for patients who are COVID positive, are waiting for COVID test results, or for patients in the Recovery Room.
  • All visitors must complete the Visitation Screening Tool.
  • Patients who are new to Milrinone or Life Vest may have one visitor present during the teaching provided by the vendor. The visit will be approximately 30 minutes at the patient’s bedside. One visitor only. Please work with Social Services to determine the arrival time of the vendor.
  • Visitation hours are:
    • Sunday-Friday, 1:30 p.m.-4:30 p.m.
    • No visitation on Saturday.
    • Visitation to the Intensive Care Units will only be allowed for 15 minutes.
    • Visitation to other units will only be allowed for a maximum of 30 minutes.
  • All visitors are required to wash their hands before and after visiting a patient’s room.
  • Visitors are restricted to the patient’s room, or at the bedside, throughout the visit.
  • Nothing is allowed to be brought into a patient’s room, not limited to, food or drink, unless approved by the patient’s nurse in advance of the visit.
  • For patients who are unable to receive visitors, facetime visits can be arranged. Arrangements can be made with the patient’s nurse.

For Outpatient Clinic Patients

  • General Visitor Guidelines posted above apply.
  • No visitors allowed. Patients that need a visitor to assist them (as determined by the screening staff), will be allowed one visitor to escort them through the process.
  • Visitors may wait in their car (visitors are no longer allowed to wait in the hallway).

For Surgical/Procedural Patients

  • General Visitor Guidelines posted above apply.
  • Surgical/procedural patients – 1 visitor (18 years of age or older) may wait in the Main Hospital Lobby.

Visitation Exceptions

  • General Visitor Guidelines posted above apply.
  • For patients who are at the end of life, visitation is granted on an individual basis. Times and days are exempted from the regular visitation hours.
  • Patients with special needs or neurocognitive disability, or behavioral concerns, may have one visitor, parent or guardian at all times, if needed, as determined by the medical staff.