Adult Inpatient Medical-Surgical and ICU Visitation Policy
Updated as of 8/31/2021
Caregiver visitation guidelines help protect our patients, their caregivers and our staff members by limiting spread of COVID-19. The following guidances for the Medical-Surgical and Intensive Care Units are in addition to our current hospital-wide visitation policy. We continue to monitor the spread of COVID-19 in our community and may update these guidelines as needed to provide safe care to everyone:
- No visitors or caregivers are permitted to see COVID-19 positive or patients under investigation (PUI) for COVID-19.
- No visitors or caregivers under the age of 18 are permitted at this time.
- Caregivers, 18 years and older, may be permitted to visit inpatients on the Adult Inpatient Medical-Surgical Units (7N, 6N, 6C) and within the Intensive Care Unit (ICU).
- Visitations are limited to one caregiver/person at a time, between the hours of 10 a.m to 12 p.m. and 4 to 8 p.m.
- All caregivers must check in at the Nurse’s station or customer service desk to sign in, agreeing to follow mask wearing, hand washing, and social distancing procedures.
The health and welfare of our staff and beneficiaries is always our top priority. Thank you for helping us protect the health of our community who we are honored to serve.
Temporary Visitation and Caregiver Guidance during COVID-19 Pandemic Posture
Start date: 3/18/2020, updated as of 12/17/2020
Our mission is to protect the health and safety of our patients and staff from unnecessary exposure to COVID-19
The goal of this visitation guidance is to protect patients, caregivers, and medical staff from unnecessary risk of exposure to COVID-19. This guidance applies to patients presenting to Fort Belvoir Community Hospital for in-person visits and to caregivers accompanying patients for inpatient or outpatient care. Authorization to implement more restrictive processes is reserved when medical necessity dictates using best medical judgment and on locally-determined Health Protection Condition (HPCON) level.
VISITORS, defined as relatives, partners, friends, or colleagues that are guests of the patient, are not permitted.
CAREGIVERS, defined as relatives, partners, or friends that the patient chooses to provide assistance with transportation, rehabilitation, psychosocial support, and/or cognitive needs, are permitted for the following patients as indicated below, following a negative screening for COVID-19 symptoms.
All persons entering the facility must have an appointment or be conducting official business
- Patients and caregivers/visitors will be screened for illness prior to entry.
- Patients and caregivers/visitors are expected to wear a cloth face covering over their nose and mouth upon entering and while moving about the facility or waiting rooms and when not able to maintain 6 feet of social distancing.
- Visitors under the age of 18 (including infants and siblings) are not allowed.
- Caregivers/visitors over the age of 65 are strongly discouraged due to the increased risk of severe COVID-19 infection.
- Visitors are not permitted in the adult inpatient wards.
- Patients undergoing emergency surgery or other procedures may have one visitor who remains in the designated surgical waiting area and patient's room.
- One caregiver is permitted to meet the inpatient at front entrance for hospital discharge.
- End-of-Life Care: Two visitors are permitted at a time. No travel is authorized in the hospital except as necessary for transit to and from the patient's room.
- Pediatric patient's families are permitted to name up to two primary caregivers for the duration of the hospital stay.
- Pediatric patient's hospitalized as COVID-19 positive or Patient Under Investigation (PUI) for COVID-19 are permitted only one designated caregiver who remains in the patient's room.
- Special Care Nursery patient's families are permitted to name up to two primary caregivers for the duration of the hospital stay.
- One designated visitor for obstetric patients is permitted for labor, delivery, and the duration of mother’s hospital stay.
- Visitors are not permitted for obstetric patients who are COVID-19 positive or PUI for COVID-19. Exceptions for end-of-life/withdrawal of care, stillbirth, peri-viable delivery, expected life-limiting or life-threatening condition.
- One caregiver is permitted to accompany outpatients in order to facilitate care or treatment.
- Caregivers and visitors are not permitted in the Emergency Room. Exceptions on a case-by-case basis may be considered at the discretion of the attending staff.
- Caregivers and visitors are not permitted in our cancer infusion suites where care is being delivered.
If you’re unable to follow the visitation policy, please discuss other care options with your provider or reschedule your appointment by calling the appointment line at (855) 227-6331