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Kentucky Children's Hospital announces additional restrictions

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Posted at 2:41 PM, Apr 04, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-04 14:50:09-04

(LEX 18) — Beginning Monday, April 6th, the Kentucky Children's Hospital will be implementing additional visitor restrictions until the threat of the COVID-19 transmission has decreased significantly.

The additional changes will restrict inpatient exceptions made for pediatric patients and Nursery/Neonatal Intensive Care patients.

Pediatric patients and Nursery/Neonatal Intensive Care patients may have one parent or guardians length of visit time cleared by the attending physician.

Here are some other guidelines from the University of Kentucky Public Relations and Strategic Communications:

Other exceptions to hospital inpatient visitation restrictions remaining in place include:

  • Obstetric patients may have one partner or one birth support person over the age of 16 accompany them.
  • Patients who are at the end-of-life may have up to two visitors for the length of time cleared by the attending physician.
  • Patients with altered mental status, cognitive impairment, developmental delays or disruptive behavior, where a family member is key to their care, may have one visitor.
  • Patients who require a home caregiver(s) to be trained may have up to one visitor.
  • Patients undergoing surgery or procedure may have one visitor and the visitor must leave the medical center as soon as possible after the procedure/surgery.

The following additional restrictions apply to visitors and accompanying guardians or caregivers:

  • Any person who appears ill or fails screening will be denied access.
  • No person will be allowed in rooms of persons under investigation (PUIs) or COVID-19 positive patients (unless at end of life).
  • Visitation Access Restriction policy includes UK HealthCare employees who have family members in the hospital.
  • All visitors permitted on the unit must stay in the room for the duration of the visit.