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Swedish suspends visiting at all hospital campuses, with exceptions, due to COVID-19 outbreak

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Visiting at all Swedish campuses has been suspended during the COVID-19 outbreak, although there are exceptions, the hospital announced in a statement March 12.

Swedish, including its campus in Mill Creek, has suspended all routine visiting at its hospitals until further notice, with a few exceptions, in order to protect patients and staff during the coronavirus outbreak. See their March 12 statement below:

"Swedish cares about the health and well-being of our patients and caregivers. Given that COVID-19 is

circulating in our community, we must ensure the safety of our facilities and our ability to care for as many

patients as possible. Safety is our top priority during this time.

"Effective Thursday, March 12 at noon, all routine visiting will be suspended at our hospital campuses until

further notice. Additionally, visitors will not be allowed for patients under evaluation for COVID-19 or who

have tested positive. Until COVID-19 no longer poses a public health threat, all patients and visitors will be

screened.

"Exceptions to the visitor policy include the following:

 Emergency Department patient may have one (1) support person

 Children under the age of 18 may have an advocate, parent or guardian. Underage siblings are not

permitted to visit

 Neonatal Intensive Care Unit may have a parent, plus one significant other who must remain in the

room for the duration of the visit*

 OB patients may have one partner and one birth support person**

 Long-term antepartum patients (seven (7) days or greater length of stay) may arrange a one-hour

visit one time a week for their own children to visit in the patient room only

 Patients who are end of life may have two (2) visitors

 Patients with confusion, altered mental status, developmental delays or agitation, where a family

member or advocate can provide safety and support, may have one (1) advocate/support person

 Surgical or procedural patients may have one (1) escort / support person; however, will be asked to

leave as soon as possible after the surgery / procedure

 Clinic, laboratory or radiology patients who have appointments at the hospital or attached hospital-

based clinics, may have one (1) person escort them

 Patients who require an escort for assistance related to mobility, interpretation or healthcare

decision making may have one (1) additional assistance person

"Advocates, parents and visitors who meet the above criteria must also comply with the following

instructions:

 No visitors may be under 18 years of age, unless specified above

 Visitors must be free of fever (by report or measured, if available) OR acute severe cough OR

shortness of breath

 Except for transit to and from, visitors are to stay in the patient's room for the duration of their visit

 Visitors must follow staff instructions regarding handwashing and use of personal protective

equipment"

 

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