Reply To: Visitor Restrictions

  • Regina Winfrey

    Member
    August 10, 2016 at 11:59 am
    • Does your facility restrict pediatric visitors? Yes, in certain areas of the hospital. Is there any differentiation between sibling and non-sibling visitors?

    ICU and general inpatient area-  

    Siblings of all ages are allowed to visit but must have a general screening for infectious diseases by a physician or nurse before coming in contact with the patient.

    Siblings one year of age or under shall be screened by the attending physician before being allowed to visit.

    Non-siblings children must be at least 7 years of age or older to visit.

    SCT/BMT area-

    Siblings who are at least 7 years old, and can comply with hand washing and standard infection control procedures, may be visitors.

    Non-siblings visitors must be at least 16 years of age.

    A sibling of any age may visit the patient room at any time, and for an unrestricted length of time, if the patient is imminently dying.

    Does your facility screen for sick visitors? Yes  How? Family are screened by hospital staff each day. Visitors and parents are not allowed in the inpatient areas of the hospital if they have been febrile in the last 48 hrs., if they have a cough or diarrhea, if they have a rash suggestive of varicella or other viral illness, if they have conjunctivitis, or if they have symptoms suggestive of an upper respiratory tract infection ( runny nose, sore throat).

    • Does your facility require visitors to be current on vaccinations? No
    • Does your facility require visitors to have flu shots? No but we do offer them during flu season.

     

    Regina Wilkes, MSN,RN, CNL

    ICU- Clinical Nurse Leader

    St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital

    262 Danny Thomas Place

    Memphis, TN. 38105

    KRCC Building, Room IA2135

    Phone: 901.595.4140

    Pager: 901.595.3978 pgr.no 0808

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    ——Original Message——

    Our children’s hospital is currently reviewing our visitation guidelines and would like to ask how others (both pediatric and adult facilities) are handling visitation, particularly for pediatric visitors.   

     Specific questions include:

    • Does your facility restrict pediatric visitors?  Is there any differentiation between sibling and non-sibling visitors?
    • Does your facility screen for sick visitors?  How?
    • Does your facility require visitors to be current on vaccinations?
    • Does your facility require visitors to have flu shots?

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    Cheryl Gerdy, MS, RN, CPON
    Primary Children’s Hospital
    Cheryl.gerdy@imail.org
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