COVID-19 Enhanced Patient Safety Measures
Due to the confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Daviess County and in the region, Owensboro Health has reevaluated our temporary visitor restrictions and has decided to enact a comprehensive, system-wide Enhanced Patient Safety Policy beginning at 6 p.m. on March 20 and until further notice. This approach is consistent with other health institutions across the country.
Implementation of Enhanced Patient Safety Measures
- This policy applies to all patients within the hospital, regardless of unit or condition.
- In inpatient facilities, no visitors will be permitted except under specific circumstances, and with prior approval. This includes:
- End-of-life care or end-of-life decision making. For these situations, two visitors will be permitted.
- Two parents or caregivers of a child in the neonatal intensive care unit as long as they are not symptomatic.
- Two parents or caregivers of pediatric patients as long as they are not symptomatic.
- Only one visitor in labor & delivery and postpartum units. Visitor must remain the same throughout the entire stay.
- One visitor to accompany patients for hospital discharge.
- One visitor for patients undergoing emergency surgery.
- Visitors attending part of scheduled family training for patients with rehabilitation needs.
- For all outpatient appointments:
- One visitor will be permitted to accompany a patient to treatment such as an ambulatory visit, procedure or same-day surgery.
- Upon arrival, visitors will be screened for flu-like symptoms, such as fever, cough or sore throat, depending on the situation and travel history.
Family, friends and loved ones should use electronic devices and apps to keep in contact with patients whenever possible. (e.g. phones, FaceTime, Skype, etc.)