ED Visitor Policy Updated
We updated our visitor policy to allow Emergency Department (ED) patients one visitor per patient through the ED stay. Because ED volumes and situations can be unpredictable, visitation rules at a campus level may be temporarily altered.
Ochsner Health Visitor Policy
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 and all employees, patients and visitors must wear a face mask while in our facilities. Children under 2 years of age are excluded from this requirement. Visitors must be 18 years or older and always remain in the patient’s room. Visitors are asked not to gather in common areas such as waiting rooms, cafeterias, and shared areas. Visitors will be asked to return home if they exhibit symptoms of respiratory infection (fever, runny nose, cough, shortness of breath), have a positive COVID test in the last ten days, have a pending COVID test for symptoms, OR do not comply with above policy. Visitors who refuse to wear a mask will be asked to leave the location unless they can produce a physician note documenting a medical exemption for wearing a mask.
Emergency Departments and Urgent Care Locations: Emergency Room and Urgent Care patients will be limited to one visitor per patient through their stay. Emergency room volumes and situations can be unpredictable, therefore, visitation rules at a campus level may be temporarily altered.
Infusion Suites and Outpatient Clinics: 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.
COVID-19 Negative Adult patients: Patients are allowed to have one visitor per day between the hours of 8am and 6pm.
COVID-19 Negative Minor patients: Patients are allowed to have two visitors per day, with one allowed 24/7.
COVID-19 Positive Patients and COVID Units: Only those with special circumstances below will be allowed visitors.
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: Vendors should remain virtual unless in person vendor presence is required during an operative procedure.
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.**