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Limited Visitation Policy

General Visitation Guidelines

Effective Saturday, October 30th, 2021

Beauregard Health System understands the vital role that families and visitors have in the care and well-being of our patients. The following visitation guidelines reflect this understanding, while also ensuring that the safety of our staff, patients and visitors is a top priority. In this policy, you will also find each department’s specific visitation guidelines and the general expectations of patients and visitors while visiting our facilities. If you have any questions regarding the visitation guidelines, we encourage you to contact your provider or the specific department you will be visiting.

All visitors to any Beauregard Health System facility are expected to:

  • Pass a screening assessment before entry.
  • Wear a mask or face covering at all times while in our facilities, including patient rooms and exam rooms.
  • Not enter the facilities if they have had a known exposure or diagnosis of COVID-19 in the past 10 days.
  • Exhibit NO signs or symptoms that indicate a potential COVID-19 illness.
  • Follow social distancing guidelines (maintain at least 6 feet distance from others) in our waiting rooms and other public areas of the facilities.
  • Not move freely throughout the facilities.

Reminders:

  • No visitors under the age of 15 years old, unless deemed appropriate by staff in order to adhere to the Emergency Medical Treatment and Active Labor Act (EMTALA).
  • Visitors may enter Beauregard Health System through the Emergency Department Entrance daily between 7:00 am – 7:00 pm. No visitors will be allowed entrance after 7:00 pm.
  • The dining room will be open for employees and visitors from 6:30 am – 10:00 am for breakfast and 11:00 am – 1:30 pm for lunch.

Department Specific Visitation Guidelines:

Emergency Department

  • One designated visitor per patient visit allowed.
  • COVID patients may have one designated visitor per patient visit. Visitor will be required to sign the COVID-19 Consent Form. Visitor will be required to wear a KN95 mask, gown and gloves. Once in the room, the visitor is not allowed to exit the room at any time unless leaving the building.
    • Visitor Expectations:
      • Must enter and exit through the Emergency Department Entrance. All visitors will be screened on arrival.
      • If visiting non-COVID-19 patient, must have no recent (within 10 days) exposure to known COVID-19 positive individuals.
      • If visiting COVID-19 positive patient, must have no recent (within 10 days) exposure to known COVID-19 positive individuals, other than the COVID positive patient they are visiting.
      • No fever or signs/symptoms that indicate a potential COVID-19 illness.
      • Must wear a mask or face covering at all times while in the facility, including in the patient room when staff are present.
      • May not travel freely throughout the building.

Fitness Center

  • Limited hours are 6:00 am – 7:00 pm.
    • Member Expectations:

      • Must enter and exit through the Emergency Department Entrance. All visitors will be screened on arrival.
      • No recent (within 10 days) exposure to known COVID-19 positive individuals.
      • No fever or signs/symptoms that indicate a potential COVID-19 illness.
      • Must wear a mask or face covering at all times while in the facility.
      • Required to practice proper deep-cleaning measures, social distancing practices, and other safety measures that align with CDC guidelines.

Inpatient Services

  • Two designated visitors, per patient, per hospital stay.
  • COVID patients may have one designated visitor per hospital stay. Visitor will be required to sign the COVID-19 Consent Form. Visitor will be required to wear a KN95 mask, gown and gloves. Once in the room, the visitor is not allowed to exit the room at any time unless leaving the building.
    • Visitor Expectations:
      • Must enter and exit through the Emergency Department Entrance. All visitors will be screened on arrival.
      • If visiting non-COVID-19 patient, must have no recent (within 10 days) exposure to known COVID-19 positive individuals.
      • If visiting COVID-19 positive patient, must have no recent (within 10 days) exposure to known COVID-19 positive individuals, other than the COVID positive patient they are visiting.
      • No fever or signs/symptoms that indicate a potential COVID-19 illness.
      • Must wear a mask or face covering at all times while in the facility, including in the patient room when staff are present.
        • One visitor may stay overnight. Must be in the facility by 7:00pm.
      • May not travel freely throughout the building.
      • Exceptions for end of life situations will be made in collaboration with the care team.

Intensive Care Unit (ICU) –Non-COVID-19 and COVID-19 Positive Patients

  • Visitation is between 10:00 am and 6:00 pm.
  • Two designated visitors, per patient, per hospital stay.
  • COVID patients may have one designated visitor during general visitation. Visitor will be required to sign the COVID-19 Consent Form. Visitor will be required to wear a KN95 mask, gown and gloves. Once in the room, the visitor is not allowed to exit the room at any time unless leaving the building.
  • End of Life patients may have two visitors at a time and may be permitted to stay overnight. These needs will be addressed by the care team.
  • Special needs patients or patients with personal caregivers may stay overnight and will be addressed by the care team.
    • Visitor Expectations:
      • Must enter and exit through the Emergency Department Entrance. All visitors will be screened on arrival.
      • If visiting non-COVID-19 patient, must have no recent (within 10 days) exposure to known COVID-19 positive individuals.
      • If visiting COVID-19 positive patient, must have no recent (within 10 days) exposure to known COVID-19 positive individuals, other than the COVID positive patient they are visiting.
      • No fever or signs/symptoms that indicate a potential COVID-19 illness.
      • Must wear a mask or face covering at all times while in the facility, including in the patient room when staff are present.
      • May not travel freely throughout the building.

Labor & Delivery

  • Two designated visitors, per patient, per hospital stay.
  • COVID patients may have one designated visitor. Visitor will be required to sign the COVID-19 Consent Form. Visitor will be required to wear a KN95 mask, gown and gloves. Once in the room, the visitor is not allowed to exit the room at any time unless leaving the building.
  • If transferred to Inpatient Services post-partum, then Inpatient Services visitation policy applies.
    • Visitor Expectations:
      • Must enter and exit through the Emergency Department Entrance. All visitors will be screened on arrival.
      • If visiting non COVID-19 patient, must have no recent (within 10 days) exposure to known COVID-19 positive individuals.
      • If visiting COVID-19 positive patient, must have no recent (within 10 days) exposure to known COVID-19 positive individuals, other than the COVID positive patient they are visiting.
      • No fever or signs/symptoms that indicate a potential COVID-19 illness.
      • Must wear a mask or face covering at all times while in the facility, including in the patient room when staff are present.
      • One visitor may stay overnight. Must be in the facility by 7:00pm.
      • May not travel freely throughout the building.

Laboratory

  • No visitors are allowed at this time.
    • Exceptions may be made to:
      • Patients needing personal care or communication assistance may be accompanied by one
      • Pediatric patients may be accompanied by one parent or legal guardian.
    • Visitor Expectations:
      • Must enter and exit through the Emergency Department Entrance. All visitors will be screened on arrival.
      • No recent (within 10 days) exposure to known COVID-19 positive individuals.
      • No fever or signs/symptoms that indicate a potential COVID-19 illness.
      • Must wear a mask or face covering at all times while in the facility.
      • May not travel freely throughout the building.

Physical & Speech Therapy

  • Visitors are allowed at this time.
    • Visitor Expectations:
      • Must enter and exit through the Emergency Department Entrance. All visitors will be screened on arrival.
      • No recent (within 10 days) exposure to known COVID-19 positive individuals.
      • No fever or signs/symptoms that indicate a potential COVID-19 illness.
      • Must wear a mask or face covering at all times while in the facility.
      • May not travel freely throughout the building.

Radiology

  • No visitors are allowed at this time.
    • Exceptions may be made to:
      • Patients needing personal care or communication assistance may be accompanied by one
      • Pediatric patients may be accompanied by one parent or legal guardian.
    • Visitor Expectations:
      • Must enter and exit through the Emergency Department Entrance. All visitors will be screened on arrival.
      • No recent (within 10 days) exposure to known COVID-19 positive individuals.
      • No fever or signs/symptoms that indicate a potential COVID-19 illness.
      • Must wear a mask or face covering at all times while in the facility.
      • May not travel freely throughout the building.

Same Day Surgery & Surgery

  • Two designated visitors, per patient, per hospital visit.
    • Visitor Expectations:
      • Must enter and exit through the Emergency Department Entrance. All visitors will be screened on arrival.
      • No recent (within 10 days) exposure to known COVID-19 positive individuals.
      • No fever or signs/symptoms that indicate a potential COVID-19 illness.
      • Must wear a mask or face covering at all times while in the facility, including in the patient room when staff are present.
      • May not travel freely throughout the building.
      • If a patient room is not immediately available, visitors are expected to social distance from others in waiting areas or remain outside the facility until notified to enter.

Policy is subject to change.