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To protect our patients, their families, visitors and our staff, Oishei Children’s Hospital has established year round patient visitation guidelines to help avoid the spread of infection and to ensure a safe environment for all.

Due to the severity of the current respiratory virus and influenza season, we are temporarily implementing the following ENHANCED VISITATION POLICY, effective immediately:

  • To protect the patients in our care, the following groups should not visit OCH unless they are seeking treatment:
    • Those who are ill
    • Children under the age of five

EXCEPTIONS:

  • Parents are not considered visitors; they are part of a child’s care team.
  • Parents and grandparents are exempt from the Enhanced Visitation Policy and may visit 24/7, but are advised to wear a mask if they are ill.
  • If your child is on transmission-based precautions with a sign posted on their door and you wish to take part in their care, please follow the protective equipment protocols indicated on posted signs

GENERAL VISITATION AND SELF-SCREENING:

  • Visiting hours for family and friends is from 8:30 a.m. - 8:30 p.m.
  • All approved visitors will receive a pass, which must be worn prominently at all times.
  • All visitors should self-screen for contagious diseases before arriving at OCH and before accessing patient care areas. See self-screen questions below:
  1. Have you experienced any of the following in the last three days?
        • Fever
        • Cough
        • Runny or stuffy nose
        • Vomiting or diarrhea
           
  2. Have you been exposed to or come into contact with someone with the following in the last three days?
        • Influenza
        • Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV)
        • Diarrheal illness or ‘stomach bug’
  • Visitors who are ill will be asked to leave the hospital until they are symptom free.
  • Encourage well-meaning family members who are sick not to visit. Suggest calling or using Skype or FaceTime.

VISITOR LIMITATIONS:

  • Limit of four people at the bedside in inpatient areas
  • Limit of three people, including the father of the baby, on Labor and Delivery Unit
  • Limit of two healthy adults in the Emergency Department, Same-Day Surgery and Minor Procedure areas

**Please note, exceptions to the Revised Visitation Policy will be made in the event that the benefit of the visit outweighs the risk to the patient. The Nurse Manager or designee should be informed in advance of such a situation. Final decisions will be made by the Nurse Manager or designee.


WASH YOUR HANDS AND USE ALCOHOL-BASED HAND SANITIZER FREQUENTLY, ESPECIALLY BEFORE AND AFTER ENTERING A PATIENT’S ROOM.

BE SURE TO GET YOURSELF, YOUR CHILD AND OTHER FAMILY MEMBERS
VACCINATED FOR FLU SEASON.

Thank you for helping us provide a safe environment for you, your family, and our community.