In order to protect the health of our communities, and as a safety precaution to prevent the risk of spreading COVID-19, we have instituted visitor restrictions in accordance with recommendations from the CDC. In addition, some hospital access points will be consolidated on our campuses.
We understand the importance of patients having access to their loved ones while receiving care at our hospital. At this time, we ask patients and their families to consider communication through phone and video chat as their primary means of communication. When an in-person visit is necessary, the following precautions are in place to protect patients, families and staff and are specific to the care setting listed.
All Ochsner Health locations: All persons entering Ochsner Health locations will be screened for fever and respiratory symptoms. In addition, all employees, patients and visitors must wear a face mask at all times while in our facilities. Children under 2 years of age are excluded from this requirement.
Emergency Departments, Infusion Suites, Outpatient Clinics and Urgent Cares (regardless of time of day): Patients needing assistance during a visit may be accompanied by no more than one adult support person.
Procedural/Surgical areas (regardless of time of day): Patients with procedures can have visitors as outlined below pre and post procedure. The support person may remain with the patient prior to their surgery/procedure and must then wait in a socially distant manner until a member of the medical team provides an update at the conclusion of the procedure/surgery. If the patient is being admitted post procedure/surgery visitors will adhere to the current visitation policy and hours of visitation.
Inpatient units (8 am-6pm): Effective Tuesday, June 23, 2020, Ochsner Health will have visitation hours for all admitted patients from 8 am until 6pm limited to one visitor per day.
Special Circumstances: Under the following circumstances visitor exceptions/extensions will be made to allow family members to be present 24 hours per day.
Vendor Presence: Vendor encounters should remain virtual unless in person vendor presence is required during an operative procedure.
All visitors are asked to arrive with a mask and keep the mask on throughout their visit. Visitors must be 18 years or older. Visitors must always remain in the patient’s room and not gather in common areas such as waiting rooms, cafeterias, common areas. Visitors will be asked to return home if they exhibit symptoms of respiratory infection (fever, runny nose, cough, shortness of breath) or do not comply with above policy.
We continue to monitor the risk of COVID-19 closely and will adjust visitor restrictions, as necessary. We appreciate your help in keeping our patients and employees safe.
*Skilled Nursing Facilities are excluded from this document and will follow state guidance.