UW Medicine to limit hospital, clinic visitors

UW Medicine to limit hospital, clinic visitors
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UW Medicine announced that starting Thursday, it is limiting hospital and clinic visitors as a COVID-19 precaution.

Due to the increase in COVID-19 cases, UW Medicine is restricting visitors for the safety of patients, staff and the community.

“It’s not an easy decision, but it’s critically important that we keep our patients, staff and community safe during this outbreak,” said Lisa Brandenburg, president of UW Medicine Hospitals & Clinics.

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There are some visitor exceptions.

UW Medicine lists them below:

Inpatient visitors will be allowed based on the following exceptions:

• Patients who are under the age of 18 may have one visitor or parent or guardian.

• Obstetrics patients may have one healthy support person with them during labor. Before and after labor, patients may have one visitor. Patients may bring their newborns to their postpartum clinic visits.

• Patients who need a caregiver for safety because of their mental or developmental status or for a disability such as blindness and/or hearing loss may have one caregiver.

• Patients undergoing surgery or procedures may have one visitor. When the surgery or procedure is complete and the physician has discussed the findings with the visitor (as appropriate), the visitor must leave the medical center.

• Patients may have a home caregiver who needs to be trained as their single visitor.

• Patients visiting the Emergency Department may have one person with them.

• Community-based care providers involved in the care of the patient may visit in addition to the patient’s one visitor for support and care continuity.

• Patients who are at the end of life may have two visitors.

• Children under age 16 will not be allowed except under extraordinary circumstances.

UW Medicine outpatient clinics will allow visitors based on the following exceptions:

• Patients under age 18 may have one adult accompany them.

• Other patients who need a caregiver due to a disability may have one adult accompany them.

• Postpartum patients may bring their newborns.

• Children under age 16 will not be allowed except under extraordinary circumstances.