UnityPoint Health–Trinity is modifying its current visitor limitations, effective immediately, to allow one visitor in most cases, per inpatient, during revised visiting hours.
This temporary modification protects patients and health care workers while allowing hospitalized patients an opportunity to have a family member or loved one visit, according to a news release from the health system.
Visitors who are allowed, based on the exceptions below, must stay in the patient's room and wear a mask the entire time of their visit. Once the visitor leaves the patient room, they must leave the hospital.
In all cases, a visitor will only be allowed if they are symptom free (do not have symptoms of respiratory infection including fever, runny nose, cough, shortness of breath).
Additionally, children under the age of 18 will not be allowed as a visitor except under extraordinary circumstances.
These exceptions apply to all UnityPoint Health–Trinity hospitals:
• One visitor, per day, will be allowed to visit their hospitalized loved one between the hours of noon and 6 p.m. The visitor must enter the hospital through the main entrance for screening before their visit and must remain in the patient’s room throughout the duration of the visit. Visitors should remain masked while in the patient’s room. Visitors will not be allowed for patients with a pending or positive COVID-19 test.
• Patients who have an appointment at a clinic located within the hospital or are visiting the Emergency Room (ER), may have one person with them.
• Obstetric patients in labor may have one partner and one birth support person accompany them. Following delivery, postpartum patients may have one partner or support person with them. The support person can return during visiting hours.
• Prenatal patients may have one partner or support person accompany them to appointments.
• Nursery and Neonatal Special Care Unit (NSCU) patients may have one birth parent plus one significant other who must remain in the room for the duration of the visit.
• Patients where the end-of-life is imminent may have two visitors. Two visitors also may be present during discussion of end-of-life care decisions.
• Patients who are discussing palliative care decisions may have one visitor.
• Patients who have cognitive impairments or developmental delays, where caregiver provides safety, may have one visitor.
• Minors under the age of 18 may have two parents or guardians accompany them in all care areas.
• Patients undergoing surgery or procedures may have one visitor stay in the surgical waiting area or ambulatory room until the procedure is finished. After speaking with the surgeon following the procedure, the visitor must leave the hospital as soon as possible. The visitor may return during visiting hours.
• Patients who require mobility assistance may have one visitor accompany them to laboratory or radiology appointments.
Limiting visits to hospitalized patients will keep them safe while in the hospital's care. The community is encouraged to continue to practice social distancing, masking and performing frequent hand hygiene to reduce the spread of COVID-19.
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