Temporary Visitor Restrictions and Guidance During COVID-19

Revised Sept. 15, 2020 at 4:40 p.m.
MedStar Health has in place temporary restrictions and guidance for patient visitors to all care locations. As the COVID-19 status continues to rapidly evolve, visitor restrictions are subject to change.
 
Please use the following restrictions and guidance until further notice to help safeguard our patients, associates, physicians, and communities:
 

General Guidance:

  • All patients with disabilities may designate one guardian/caretaker to accompany them throughout all care settings.
  • Any visitor who lives in the same household of a COVID-19 positive person or Person Under Investigation (PUI) is not permitted. Approved visitors will be asked whether they live in the same household as a COVID-19 positive person or PUI. All visitors will be screened for COVID-19 symptoms upon arrival and must wear a face mask any any other required Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) at all times. Vented face masks are not permitted. No visitors under the age of 18 are permitted, unless they are parents of pediatric patients.
  • Exceptions to these restrictions must be approved by the entity Vice President of Medical Affairs (VPMA) and/or Chief Nursing Officer (CNO).
  • Hospitals will continue to restrict entrances during the pandemic.
 

Specific Guidance

COVID-19 positive or PUI

Non-COVID-19 positive or Non-PUI

Inpatient:

  • No visitors.
  • Exceptions for patients receiving end-of-life care. This includes a visitor who lives in the same household as the COVID-19 positive/PUI patient.

Inpatient:

  • One visitor, per patient per day, seven days per week.
  • Visiting hours are 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Check specific facilities for further direction
  • No visiting hour restrictions for end-of-life situations.
  • Duration of visit is contingent on patient condition.

Emergency Department:

  • No visitors.
  • One parent/guardian may accompany children under 18 years of age.

Emergency Department:

  • No visitors.
  • One parent/guardian may accompany children under 18 years of age.

Surgical & Procedural Departments:

  • One visitor/guardian may accompany patient.
  • No restrictions on hours.

Surgical & Procedural Departments:

  • One visitor/guardian may accompany patient.
  • No restrictions on hours.

Labor & Delivery:

  • No visitors.

Labor & Delivery:

  • Two approved visitors for duration of labor and delivery, one of which may be a doula.
  • No restrictions on hours.

Antepartum:

  • No visitors.

Antepartum:

  • One support person for antepartum patients, who may leave and re-enter the antepartum area once per day.

Postpartum:

  • No visitors.

Postpartum:

  • One approved visitor for duration of the stay, who may leave and re-enter the postpartum area once per day.

NICU:

  • One approved parent/guardian, who must stay in designated area 24 hours a day/7 days a week.

NICU:

  • One approved parent/guardian at a time, who must stay in designated area.
  • No restrictions on hours.

Pediatrics:

  • One approved parent/guardian, who must stay in the patient room 24 hours a day/7 days a week.

Pediatrics:

  • Approved parents/guardians may visit, one at the bedside at a time.
  • Parents/guardians may leave and re-enter once per day.
  • No restrictions on hours.
  • Sibling visits must be considered by hospital VPMA and/or CNO on a case-by-case basis.

Ambulatory:

  • Not applicable.

Ambulatory:

  • One visitor is permitted to accompany patient.
  • All patients and approved visitors are expected to bring their own face masks. If they do not have one, a non-procedural face mask will be provided.
  • Patients are expected to wear face masks, when clinically feasible and appropriate, throughout the duration of ambulatory visit.

Outpatient Infusion Center:

  • Not applicable

Outpatient Infusion Center:

  • No visitor is permitted in cancer infusion locations due to increased risk to immunocompromised patients.
  • Clinically safe exceptions may be made to support end-of-life care.

Acute Care Rehabilitation:

  • No visitors.

Acute Care Rehabilitation:

  • One visitor, per patient for entire stay, seven days per week.
  • Visiting hours begin at 4:00 p.m. to accommodate therapy sessions, and end at 7:00 p.m.
  • Other exceptions must be considered by hospital VPMA and/or CNO on a case-by-case basis.

 

Revised Sept. 9, 2020 for implementation by Sept. 14, 2020