UnityPoint Health – Trinity Regional Medical Center Adjusts Inpatient Visitor Policy

Unity Point Trinity Regional here in Fort Dodge released the following statement regarding adjustments to their visitor policy. Statement is below.

“We know visitors are very important to a patient’s recovery. We want individuals to be safe while COVID-19 is still in our community. Because of this, as of Monday, July 20, 2020, UnityPoint Health – Trinity Regional Medical Center updated our inpatient visitor policy,” shares Troy Martens, Chief Operation Officer, UnityPoint Health – Trinity Regional Medical Center.

  • All hospital inpatient visitors must sign in, be given a badge and be screened upon entry. All visitors must wear a mask during their entire visit. Visitors who cannot wear a mask will not be allowed to enter. All visitors must be over 18 years of age.
  • Visitor hours have been restricted for 3N and CCU and are 11 a.m.-7 p.m. All visitors are required to check-in at nurse’s station before entering the patient’s room.
  • Visitors must be free of illness(e.g. fever, sore throat, cough, shortness of breath, diarrhea or vomiting).
  • Patients may have 1 visitor at a time. All visitors are encouraged to stay in the patient’s room. However, they may go to the restroom, Café or Gift Shop, unless visiting a COVID positive or suspected patient.

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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