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Limited Visitation Policy

General Visitation Guidelines

Effective Thursday, January 7th, 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.
  • Oncology/Infusion Center patients will use the Blue Entrance by the physician parking lot. Screening will be performed by the SDS nurse.

Department Specific Visitation Guidelines:

Emergency Department

  • No visitors are allowed at this time.
    • Exceptions may be made, if deemed appropriate by staff, 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, including in the patient room.
      • May not travel freely throughout the building – must remain in the patient room.

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

  • One designated visitor, per patient, per hospital stay.
  • Visitor Expectations:
    • 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. Patient room door should remain closed at all times.
    • May stay overnight.
      • Must be in the facility by 7:00 pm, if staying overnight.
    • May only leave and return once per day.
      • Must enter and exit through the Emergency Department Entrance. All visitors will be screened on arrival.
    • May not travel freely throughout the building – must remain in the patient room.
    • 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

  • One designated visitor, per patient, per hospital stay, limited to 30 minutes per day.
  • Visitation is between 10:00 am and 6:00 pm, by appointment only.
    • Call 337-462-7110 to setup an appointment for visitation with the nursing staff.
  • Consent form must be reviewed and signed by visitor.
  • 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.
    • If visiting a COVID-19 positive patient, must wear a KN95 mask, face shield and gown, which will be provided by the health system.
    • May not travel freely throughout the building – must remain in the patient room.
  • Exceptions may be made to:
    • Patients needing personal care or communication assistance, if deemed appropriate by the care team.
    • End of life situations, which will be made in collaboration with the care team.

Labor & Delivery – Non-COVID-19 and COVID-19 Positive Patients

  • Two designated visitors for the hospital stay, for non-COVID-19 patients.
    • Visitors will be allowed to rotate, but no more than two family members will be allowed at a time.
  • One designated visitor for the hospital stay, for COVID-19 positive patients.
  • If transferred to Inpatient Services post-partum, then Inpatient Services visitation policy applies.
  • Visitor expectations:
    • 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 stay overnight.
      • Must be in the facility by 7:00 pm, if staying overnight.
    • May only leave and return once per day.
      • Must enter and exit through the Emergency Department Entrance. All visitors will be screened on arrival.
    • May not travel freely throughout the building – must remain in the patient room.
    • 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.
    • If visiting a COVID-19 positive patient, must wear a KN95 mask, face shield and gown, which will be provided by the health system.
      • Consent form must be reviewed and signed by visitor.

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, including in the patient room.
      • May not travel freely throughout the building.

Physical & Speech Therapy

  • 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, including in the patient room.
      • 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, including in the patient room.
      • May not travel freely throughout the building.

Same Day Surgery & Surgery

  • One designated visitor, per patient, per hospital visit.
  • Visitor Expectations:
    • 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.
    • May not travel freely throughout the building – must remain in the patient room.
    • 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.