2019 Flu Season: Hospital Visitation Policy

  1. Screening of Visitors:
    1. Neonatal ICU, Mother-Baby Units, Nurseries: All visitors and parents/family caregivers shall be screened for respiratory illness by the unit front desk staff.
    2. General Pediatric Unit and Pediatric ICU: All visitors will be alerted via notice at unit entrance to self-screen for respiratory illness, and to speak with the unit nurse if necessary for guidance.
    3. Adult Units: All visitors will be alerted via notices at hospital entrance and near patient care areas to self-screen for respiratory illness, and to speak with the unit nurse if necessary for guidance.
    4. Respiratory Symptoms: Visitors with any of the following symptoms shall not be allowed to visit unless approved by the unit nurse (see additional details below on child visitors and parent/family caregivers):
      • Cough
      • Nasal congestion
      • Runny nose
      • Sore throat
      • Fever
  2. Restrictions for Child Visitors:
    1. Neonatal ICU: In winter months (October-March), children under 8 years of age shall not be allowed to visit the newborn regardless of symptoms unless under exceptional circumstances (will require approval by nurse or physician).
    2. Mother-Baby Unit, Nurseries: Brothers and sisters of the baby shall be allowed to visit if they are not experiencing any of the respiratory symptoms or fever. All other children under 8 years of age may not be allowed to visit regardless of whether they have symptoms or not.
    3. General Pediatric Unit and Pediatric ICU: All children with a respiratory illness shall not be allowed to visit. Exceptions for mildly ill brothers and sisters may be allowed by the unit nurse or physician with implementation of infection control measures.
    4. Adult Units: children under 8 years of age shall not be allowed to visit a patient, regardless of symptoms unless under exceptional circumstances (will require approval by a nurse).
  3. Restrictions for Parent/Family Caregiver of the Patient:
    1. Proven or Suspected Influenza (Flu): Parent/family caregiver who has the flu should avoid close contact with the patient until the following conditions have been met:
      • Has received antiviral medications for 48 hours.
      • Fever has fully resolved without the use of fever reducing medication like Tylenol
      • Must follow additional procedures below when visiting or caring for the infant (see below).
      • Exceptions to this restriction under exceptional circumstances will need physician approval.
    2. Upper Respiratory Illness: Parent/family caregivers with any upper respiratory viral illness or flu (flu patients must meet the above conditions under “Proven or Suspected Influenza”) may care for the patient by adhering to the following procedures:
      • Wash hands
      • Put on gown and gloves
      • Put on face mask