Maimonides Updates Visiting Policy to Ensure Safety of Patients and Staff

Maimonides Updates Visiting Policy to Ensure Safety of Patients and Staff

In an effort to ensure the hundreds of patients and staff members, Maimonides Medical Center has updated it’s visiting policy seeking to minimize the effect and spread of the novel Coronavirus at its facility. The virus, commonly referred to as COVID-19, is spreading across the globe, with New York cases rising in double digits with every passing day.

With many of their patients being elderly and people with underlying conditions, the people that will suffer the most if infected by the virus, the Hospital says these precautions are necessary “to ensure that we continue to have the safest environment for everyone.”

Effective March 9th, any visitors who have had fever, cough, trouble breathing, rash, vomiting, or diarrhea within the past fourteen days will be prohibited from visiting, the Hospital said in a statement.

Children under the age of 13 will also be prohibited from visiting the hospital and all clinical sites.

The Hospital warned that Any visitor who is coughing or showing signs of illness will be asked to leave.

The following changes will also be implemented for bedside and overnight stay at the facility:

Adult and Pediatric Patient Units:
• Regular visiting hours are between 9AM and 9PM
• Two persons maximum are permitted on the premises for each patient
Labor and Delivery:
• Regular visiting hours are between 9AM and 9PM
• A partner is allowed at the bedside at all times
• Two persons maximum are permitted on the premises for each patient (the partner counts as one of those two)
Mother-Baby Units:
• Regular visiting hours are between 9AM and 9PM

• Two persons maximum are permitted on the premises for each patient (the partner counts as one of those two)
Emergency Department:
• Adult areas: One person maximum on the premises, and at the bedside only when circumstances permit
• Pediatric area: Two persons maximum—limited to parents or guardians
Perioperative Units:
• Adult patients: One person maximum on the premises for each patient, and at the bedside only when circumstances permit
• Pediatric patients: Two persons maximum—limited to parents or guardians
Ambulatory and Outpatient Areas
• Ambulatory and outpatients may be accompanied by one visitor per patient. Exceptions may be made for a patient aide in addition to a family member, only when necessary.

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