Minden Medical Center Visitor Guidelines
Effective November 16, 2020:
Patients are allowed only one (1) visitor per day. The patient may not have multiple visitors. The visitor will be limited to immediate family or significant other. The visitor must be the same designated visitor for each visitation day. Visitors will be screened upon entrance to the facility and must adhere to the hospital guidelines. ALL visitors must wear a mask at all times. Visitors are allowed to spend the night with their patient if they choose to do so. However, as is usual practice our front doors will lock at 9:00 p.m. and will not reopen until 7:00 a.m. the next morning. Visitor should remain in the patient’s room. NO VISITORS UNDER THE AGE OF 18.
Visitors will be encouraged to participate in Bedside Shift Report with the patient and nurses to be knowledgeable of the plan of care for the patient.
- Inpatient (Med Surg, ICU, Rehab, Perinatal): One (1) visitor to remain in the room. Must be the same visitor during the duration of each day.
- Emergency Department: Upon arrival to the ED, one (1) visitor will be allowed AFTER the ED patient is screened for COVID-19 by the ED staff. After the COVID-19 screening is completed, one (1) visitor will be allowed to stay with the ED patient if the screening is negative and the patient is not under investigation for COVID-19. If no room is available, the visitor will be asked to wait outside, except for pediatric patients. Visitors will be allowed in the ED waiting room as long as the social distancing rule of six feet apart is adhered to. When patient is called back, the visitor will be notified and allowed to be with the ED patient in the room with appropriate PPE (personal protective equipment) as long as the patient is COVID-19 negative and not under investigation. If patient is admitted, the visitor will be allowed to follow the patient to the assigned patient room with appropriate room visitor badge and PPE. The visitor must adhere to the inpatient visitor guidelines at that point.
- Labor & Delivery and Postpartum Patients: One (1) visitor to remain in the room. Must be the same visitor during the duration of the stay. Visitor may stay for the duration of the hospital stay.
- Pediatric Patients: One (1) parent/guardian and one (1) visitor will be allowed to remain in the patient room with appropriate PPE (personal protective equipment). The visitor may stay with the guardian/parent and the patient for the duration of the hospital stay with the designated visitor room badge in place. The identified guardian/parent should remain with the patient at all times and meals will be provided for them.
- Day Surgery: One (1) visitor to remain in room in the day surgery room with appropriate PPE (personal protective equipment). When the patient returns from surgery, they may remain with the patient until discharge. If the patient will be moving to an inpatient room, when the patient leaves the floor for surgery, the visitor must obtain the room specific visitor badge prior to going upstairs to the designated room.
- Inpatient Surgery: The visitor will be allowed to stay in the assigned patient room with appropriate PPE (personal protective equipment) and assigned room visitor badge. There will be no waiting in the surgery waiting room or the hospital lobby. After the patient returns from surgery, the visitor will be allowed to remain with the patient per inpatient guidelines.
- Behavioral Health Unit: NO visitors
- COVID-19 Positive Patients/Patients Waiting on COVID-19 Test Results: NO Visitors
- Exceptions: End of life or other special circumstances must be cleared through administration before proceeding.
We are looking forward to welcoming visitors and hope this update to our visitor restriction policy ensures peace of mind for loved ones and brings a source of comfort to our patients.
PLEASE NOTE: Visitors will be screened upon entrance to the facility and must adhere to the visitor guidelines. ALL visitors must wear a mask.