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Update: Visitor Directive, August 2, 2020

Community news | Tuesday, August 4, 2020

Update: BRH Visitor Directive August 2, 2020

Purpose: To keep Bartlett Hospital’s environment as safe as possible for patients and staff. This change is required to assure our ability to serve the community in need of health care through these challenging times.

Directive: Effective immediately in response to current situations within our community, Bartlett Hospital will be altering its visitor policy. To provide safe, effective, and quality care vitiation will be allowed in a limited fashion.
Each patient will be allowed to designate one visitor which will be designated visitor. This visitor would be expected to be a spouse or caregiver that resides with the patient in their home. (Any exceptions require administrative on call approval)
It is the expectation of Bartlett Regional Hospital that all visitors remain in the patient room or designated treatment area and adhere immediately to any request made by BRH staff.
It is required that all visitors comply with universal masking policies set forth by state and local regulations as well as hospital policy while on hospital property.
Patient visitation will be limited to the day of admission, and the day of discharge.
The visitor selected will be the only visitor allowed in the patient care are during that visitation period.
Attempts will continue to be made to supply as much information and to connect patients with their loved ones to the extent possible using communication devices such as cell phones, IPad, etc.
The cafeteria will be open to any approved visitor during normal business hours as long as the visitor is wearing an armband, marking them as a visitor, and social distancing will be required at all times while accessing the Café. The process for getting a guest tray will revert back to PRE-COVID 19 process.
Any patient fitting one of the below criteria may have special considerations placed on visitation.

Noted Exclusions:

1. The significant other / partner to a laboring mother
2. The legally authorized representative of a protected / high risk patient
3. Impending death unless Covid-19 infection is likely cause of death* (one visitor)
4. Law Enforcement
5. Special consideration should be applied with minor children requiring multiple caregivers from
within the family
6. Dementia or dementia type diagnosis may need special considerations.
7. If patient is primary care giver of infant that is solely breast feeding, reasonable
accommodations should be made
8. All attempts to provide clergy as needed or requested and simultaneously support a safe
environment will be made including tele-connections, outside visitation.
9. Any other exclusions should be approved by Administrator on Call. Exclusions made by
Administrator on call will be documented and distributed to the department caring for the patient
by the house supervisor.

*In an effort to protect the family from the risk of contracting Covid- 19, we will be allowing no
visitors in the room
with Covid patients while dying unless another exception criteria is met.