Sky Lakes Medical Center has developed policies to protect patients, employees, and visitors by limiting the spread of COVID-19.
- All visitors are screened at the main entrance.
- Two-ply face masks are required for all who enter. If the visitor does not have a two-ply mask, one will be provided.
- Visitors must be at least 18 years or older.
- Routine visiting on the COVID-19 unit is discouraged.
- Virtual visitation is encouraged.
- Visitors are generally limited to one per patient, however two may be allowed in special circumstances.
- Visitors will be assisted with proper donning of PPE and hand hygiene.
- Visitors are expected to be compliant with PPE use, especially masking. Failure to comply shall result in being escorted out of the hospital.
- Visitors shall not be allowed to leave the patient’s room or move freely throughout the hospital.
- When visiting time is over, visitors will be assisted with safe doffing of PPE and hand hygiene.
- In-person visitation may be allowed for imminent end-of-life treatment or related discussions.
- There may be exceptions to visiting policy for special circumstances.
Responding to feedback from patients and families, Sky Lakes Medical Center leadership has decided that one support person will be allowed to accompany patients getting outpatient procedures done at the medical center. Support persons will need to wear an appropriate face mask and observe physical distancing (at least six feet) while on site. Limits on where individual visitors can go will be evaluated case-by-case. Earlier restrictions regarding support persons were in response to state rules intended to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. The change is effective immediately. Please review our support persons policy.
Visitor Information for Patients in COVID-19 Isolation Precautions
Your loved one has been placed in Isolation as a safety measure to prevent the spread of COVID infection while he or she is in the hospital.
Infections can spread through the air, droplets, contact with equipment and personal items, or by hands.
What are “Isolation Precautions?”
Isolation can limit or prevent exposure to potentially harmful organisms that can spread from one patient to another.
Harmful viruses and bacteria can spread by touching a patient, by touching surfaces in patient rooms, or through the air by tiny particles and droplets.
When is Isolation needed?
If a patient is known or suspected of having infectious bacteria or viruses, they may be placed in Isolation.
Cultures of the nose, open wounds, or other body surfaces may be taken to determine whether the patient needs Isolation.
Isolation may be necessary for the whole hospital stay unless certain criteria are met to remove Isolation.
Do visitors need to follow Isolation Precautions?
Yes. Isolation involves the use of protective gowns, gloves, and face masks also known as PPE (personal protective equipment).
Healthcare workers and visitors will wear PPE when entering an isolation room and will remove PPE before leaving the room. This is indicated by the sign on the door.
Put on your gown, gloves, and mask before you enter the room. Discard your gown, gloves, and mask in the trash receptacle before leaving the room, clean your hands with alcohol hand cleanser or with soap and water at the nearest sink. Never wear contaminated PPE outside the room.
Do not reuse your PPE if you return, get a clean set each time.
Handwashing is important for all patients in the hospital, not just isolation patients.
May I come out of my room?
It is best for patients in isolation to remain in their rooms unless it is absolutely necessary to go out for a test or procedure.
Patients leaving the room will wear a mask to prevent the spread harmful germs. Trained personnel will assist the patient in these circumstances.
What if I have questions?
Ask your nurse to help you understand Isolation precautions. Your doctor can also help you understand why Isolation precautions are needed.