MONTGOMERY, Alabama (WSFA) – Baptist Health has updated its policy in light of new cases of COVID-19.
One of those updates is the new restricted visit policy. Until further notice, patients will be allowed one visitor at a time for a total of two designated visitors per calendar day. Exceptions may be made in compassionate care situations, such as OB patients, NICU, and end-of-life scenarios.
Patients hospitalized for an outpatient procedure will be entitled to a visitor during preoperative preparations after the patient has been placed in a treatment room. This may vary from case to case. These visitors should leave the intervention area under the direction of the healthcare team and remain outside the facility until the patient has completed recovery and is ready to exit. Currently, visitors can be brought in for the discharge process. They cannot wait inside the establishment.
Emergency department patients may have a visitor during their stay in the emergency department. The exception is for pediatric patients, who are allowed to have two parents or guardians. Visits to the lobby may be restricted if necessary.
The visit of patients in the intensive care and intensive care units will be discussed during admission.
The hospital allows visits from the clergy at the request of the patient.
These rules do not apply to COVID-19 patients or patients under investigation. Visits are prohibited for COVID-19 patients or patients under investigation. Exceptions may be made in compassionate care situations, such as OB patients, NICU, and end-of-life scenarios.
The hospital has also established the following rules for visitors:
- All visitors are required to wear a mask at all times.
- Normal hospital visiting hours are daily until 9:00 p.m. ICU hours vary by department and will be provided upon admission to the unit.
- Hospital-wide visiting hours will be maintained.
- Visitors must be 18 years of age or older. The exception is for parents in the NICU and pediatric patients.
- Visitors must remain in the patient’s room at all times, except for food delivery and / or cafeteria visits. Visitors should return to the patient’s room immediately.
- During daylight hours, entrances approved for hospital visitors must be used. After opening hours, the entrance to the emergency room must be used.
- Interactions in the hospital must maintain a social distance of six feet to include interactions with patients.
- Hand washing should be frequent and thorough.
- Compliance with any personal protective equipment or isolation requirements given by personnel is required.
Along with the visit changes, the other main update from Baptist Health is the suspension of monoclonal antibody treatments for COVID-19 patients. The hospital says this is due to a nationwide shortage of sotrovimab, a monoclonal antibody infusion that has been shown to be effective against the delta and omicron variants.
Baptist Health says its sotrovimab inventory is depleted. They have ordered more but do not know when they will be delivered. Treatments will resume when sufficient supplies are available.,
Hospital officials are encouraging public efforts to minimize the spread of COVID-19 through vaccination, mask wear, social distancing and hand washing.
Baptist Health’s coronavirus clinics in Montgomery and Prattville are open for testing Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. If you need a COVID-19 test or have symptoms of COVID-19 that are not life threatening, you can call 334-747-0150 to make an appointment with one of these clinics. . Call 911 or go to the nearest emergency room if you experience shortness of breath or any other life-threatening symptom.
Doctors are asking you not to go to the emergency room for COVID-19 tests. Instead, go to a test site.
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