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Visiting Hours

Updated November 22, 2021

Guidelines for Visitors at Clarion Hospital

Clarion Hospital encourages visitation for the well-being and healing of our patients. We understand the vital role family and loved ones play in the recovery and wellness of our patients.

Visiting Hours: 11:00 am to 1:00 pm and 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm

Specialized care areas may have modified visitation schedules.

Please note hospital main entrance hours:

  • Monday – Saturday 6:00am – 6:00pm
  • Sunday – Closed (please enter through the Emergency Department)

Visitors will be stopped at entry ways to be screened for symptoms, be given an identification badge, and directed to the appropriate area of the hospital.

Visitors for Non-COVID Suspects or Cases:

  1. A hospital, through its visitor policy, cannot deny access to an attendant, caregiver or family member of a patient who has an intellectual, developmental or cognitive disability, communication barrier, or behavioral concerns.
  2. Limited visitation for BHS Clarion Hospital inpatients resumed on 3/9/21.

1. Visiting hours are 11am-1pm, and 4pm-6pm.

a. Specialized care areas may have modified visitation schedules.

b. One visitor at a time is permitted for each inpatient. The patient may have multiple visitors at different times.

Example: Mr. Smith may have his wife visit from 11am – 1pm and his daughter may visit from 4pm-6pm, but they both cannot visit at the same time or during the same visitation period.

  1. Visitors must adhere to CDC recommendations and follow outlined infection control processes of the hospital. Visitors will be screened upon entry for flu-like symptoms, such as fever, cough or shortness of breath and will not be able to stay if symptomatic.

1. Visitors are required to wear a mask when entering and exiting the facility with the exception of a child under two (2) years old.

  1. The following visitor processes apply for non-suspected COVID patients in other settings:

1.PROCEDURE/SURGERY:

a. Because surgical/procedural patients require a driver, one (1) person may accompany any patient having an outpatient procedure. This person will be directed into the patient’s room or a specific room/waiting area in the hospital and may stay until briefed by the physician after completion of the case and patient is discharged.

b. ATD admits are not considered outpatient procedures. The driver may accompany patient to registration area, provide contact information and then leave the hospital. The visitor will then follow general visitation guidelines.

2. EMERGENCY DEPARTMENT

a. For patients seeking emergency care, staff will obtain phone number or support person and call when the patient has been placed in the treatment room; one support person may join them at that time. If space permits the support person may wait in the waiting room.

b. A parent or designee may remain with a minor or a patient who is incapable of making their own decisions and be screened appropriately.

    1. OUTPATIENT

a. One (1) person may accompany a patient receiving outpatient care if that person is necessary for the patient to be assisted and receive care safely.

    1. END OF LIFE CARE

a. Visitors may be permitted with provider order.

  1. Visitors meeting above criteria will be stopped at the hospital entrance, be screened for symptoms, be given an identification badge, and be directed to the permitted area of the hospital.

a. Visitors must comply with CDC and PA Department of Health guidelines.

b. No visitors with fever, cough, shortness of breath, or other symptoms concerning for COVID-19 infection will EVER be allowed into the facility regardless of the exceptions below.

c. No person in their own quarantine period for COVID-19 may be a visitor.

d. Visitors will be screened at entry for symptoms, and provided education about COVID-19, hand hygiene, and respiratory etiquette.

e .Any visitor to Clarion Hospital (via an exception outlined in the Universal Masking section of this policy) will wear a facemask for the duration of his/her visit. Failure to comply with this will require prompt removal from the premises. Patients must wear facemasks while visitor is present.

f. Visitors will not eat or drink while visiting.

g. Visitors will only use public restrooms.

h. Visitors will remain in the patient’s room for the duration of their visit.

i. Visitors must be 14 years of age or older.

j. Visitors should not touch his/her face.

6. Individualized visitation considerations may be made on a case-by-case basis at the discretion of the healthcare team.

Visitors for COVID Suspected/Confirmed COVID Patients:

  1. Exception: End of Life Visitation

a. All virtual forms of visitation, including clergy visitation, should be offered and considered before allowing in-person visitation.

b. Requirements for an End of Life visit

      1. Comfort Measures Only (CMO) order
      2. End of Life visitation order (may be placed by any provider caring for patient)
      3. Actively dying, or
      4. Cannot be transferred out of the hospital

c. While not required, consultation from palliative care service (if available) should be considered strongly.

d. Visitors must coordinate time of their visit with healthcare providers on patient’s floor.

e. Visitation is at discretion of the attending provider, care team, and nurse manager (if there is conflict within the team or conflict with visitors on the decision to allow visitation, Leslie Walters, Chief Nursing Officer).

f. Visitors will be limited to 1-2 designated family members or 1 designated family member and 1 clergy member Household contacts of the patient must be outside their own quarantine window (14 days after their last exposure to any known COVID-19 case, including the hospitalized patient).

g. The primary provider or a designated alternative must discuss the risks of visitation with the proposed visitors. Visitors must sign the informed consent document, outlining the risks they are accepting and the procedures they agree to follow.

h. Visits within a patient’s room.

    1. Visitors will don PPE with gown, gloves, eye protection, and a facemask.
    2. Staff will assist visitors with both donning and doffing.
    3. Visitors are not permitted during aerosol-generating procedures.
    4. Visitors will wash their hands immediately after removing PPE.
    5. Visitors may choose to visit from outside the patient’s room instead.
      1. Visitors may view the patient through the glass window or doors.
      2. Doors must remain closed.
      3. Visitors may call the patient from the phone outside the room.

i. If consulted, the palliative care service may also assist in planning

j. Discontinuation of life-sustaining medications (resulting from a CMO order) may be delayed to permit visitation before death.

Physician Office Practices/Ambulatory Care:

  1. One (1) person may accompany a patient receiving outpatient care if that person is necessary for the patient to be assisted and receive care safely.

End of Life Care:

A Refer to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Policy for COVID-positive or COVID-suspect patients.

B. End of Life Care visitation exceptions may be made on a case-by-case basis.

a. Provider order needed.


Please note that Clarion Hospital does not permit latex balloons due to a high number of patients with latex allergies. Mylar balloons are acceptable.

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