Unity Point Fort Dodge Expands Visitor Hours

Unity Point Health released an update Tuesday Morning regarding their expansion of visitor hours.

Troy Martens COO at Unity Point Trinity Regional said “As of Tuesday, October 5, 2020, UnityPoint Health – Trinity Regional Medical Center has updated our inpatient visitor policy.” We are expanding our visiting hours to 8 a.m. – 7 p.m. These new hours will allow for a loved one, or caregiver, to be present when doctors round with their patients in the morning.”

 The following requirements are in place to keep our patients, staff and visitors safe:

  • Visitors must be over 18 years of age.
  • Visitors must be free of illness(e.g. fever, sore throat, cough, shortness of breath, diarrhea or vomiting).
  • All hospital inpatient visitors must sign in, be screened upon entry and be given a badge.
  • All visitors must wear a mask during their entire visit. Visitors who cannot wear a mask will not be allowed to enter.
  • Visitor hours for 3N and CCU and arenow 8 a.m.-7 p.m. All visitors are required to check-in at nurse’s station before entering the patient’s room.
  • Patients may have 1 visitor in the building at a time. Others may wait their turn in their vehicle.
  • Visitors must stay in the patient’s room unless traveling to the cafeteria, gift shop or going to the restroom.
  •  No waiting in waiting rooms.
    •  Visitors not following these guidelines will be kindly asked to leave.

Additionally, visitors may be allowed for COVID-19 positive, suspected or patients with test results pending, and during certain treatments. Each individual patient situation and visitation will be at the discretion of their care team. Visitors for COVID-19 patients will need to follow all PPE requirements and are not allowed to go to other areas of the hospital. Visitors will be assisted with putting on and the removal of PPE by nursing staff as appropriate.

The following UnityPoint Health – Fort Dodge visitor restrictions still apply:

  • Clinic Appointments: One visitor for adults and two visitors for pediatrics.
  • Adult Inpatients (3N, CCU, and OB): One visitor/support person at a time.
  • Pediatrics: Two parents/guardians at a time.
  • Emergency Room: One visitor/support person (does not change out) – must stay in room.
  • Surgical and procedural patients:

o   Patients will be allowed one visitor for outpatient surgeries

o   The visitor will remain in the patient’s room during surgery.

  • End-of-Life (expected within 24 hours): Two visitors/support persons around the clock – encouraged to stay in room
  • Paula J Baber Hospice Home: Two visitors total in a 24-hour period.
  • Clergy: Clergy is allowed for patients requesting clergy visitation for spiritual support.
  • Interpreters: In-person interpreters are permissible if deemed important for patient communication.

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