COVID-19 Notice - restricted visitation - VA Puget Sound Health Care System
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VA Puget Sound Health Care System

 

COVID-19 Notice - restricted visitation

Coronavirus

Coronavirus

Friday, March 13, 2020

COVID-19: Notice to our nation’s heroes – our Veterans – and their families:

Effective Friday, March 13, visits by guests and Veterans without appointments or valid medical needs will be restricted at all VA Puget Sound Health Care System care sites until the transmission of COVID-19 is no longer a threat to our Veterans and staff.

At VA Puget Sound, we embrace the role family and friends play in the patient centered care we provide to our Veterans. While the Centers for Disease Control still considers COVID-19 to be a low threat to the general American public, it is important that we do everything possible to limit COVID-19 exposure risk

Effective Friday, March 13, visits by guests and Veterans without appointments or valid medical needs will be restricted at all VA Puget Sound Health Care System care sites until the transmission of COVID-19 is no longer a threat to our Veterans and staff. If you have been advised by your care team to come in to be seen or you need to be seen in the emergency department, please come in.  There may be exceptions to visitors in specific situations such as end of life care.  In these cases, we are committed to working with you and your family. 

We did not go into this decision lightly. Earlier this week, we had already restricted visitors from our Spinal Cord Injury Unit, Community Living Centers and Rehabilitation Care Services, where we care for some of our most vulnerable patients. Our decision comes on the heels of what is no doubt just the beginning of significant safety steps our organizations across the state will be taking to protect our community – from school closures to the continued cancelation of public events.

We feel it prudent to do all we can prevent the spread of COVID-19 our nation’s heroes – the Veterans we care for – and you, the staff who make that care possible. 

We recognize that there are times when having a visitor or family member present is crucial, such as end of life care. In these cases, we will work with you, your family members and friends to support limited visits while minimizing risk to patients and care team. For those exceptions, visitors must not have symptoms of respiratory infection (fever, runny nose, cough, shortness of breath), and will be required to participate in our COVID-19 screening. Here are the visitation exceptions:

  • Patients who are at the end-of-life (hospice and palliative)
  • Patients with disruptive behavior, where a family member is key to their care
  • Patients who have altered mental status or developmental delays (where caregiver provides safety)
  • Patients undergoing surgery or procedures (must leave the hospital as soon as possible after the procedure/surgery)
  • Patients who have an appointment or are seeking care in our Emergency Department

 Permitted visitors will only be permitted in the respective patient's room the entire time of the visit. Once the visitor leaves the patient’s room, they must leave VA Puget Sound.

Visitors will not be allowed to visit patients with a pending or positive COVID-19 test.

We appreciate your support and understanding as we continue to plan, prepare and respond to this emerging public health threat. Our goal is to protect you, your fellow Veterans, your family and loves ones and our staff who care for you. If you have any questions, please contact primary care team or nurse manager.

Please go to www.pugetsound.va.gov for more details and information about our response to COVID-19.

 

Thank you!

VA Puget Sound Health Care Team

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