Staying in the hospital can be stressful, and visitors can help ease that stress. So, why has Sanford Health limited visitors?
Above all, health care providers want patients and loved ones to continue to be comforted.
Comfort in this case translates to a safer environment for Sanford Health clinics, medical centers and the communities they serve because it makes them less susceptible to the COVID-19 pandemic.
To that end, effective Friday, March 27, Sanford Health hospitals and clinics will be closed to visitors. Sanford Health is updating its visitor policy to protect the health and safety of its patients and staff.
Some exceptions are included for births, NICU, pediatrics, and end of life care. Please refer to our updated visitor policy.
Visitor policy serves common good
In this case, it’s a way of offering comfort by promoting safety. It applies to patients and the people who care for them. In doing so it serves the common good.
“The patients who enter our doors become family, and we will continue to look out for each other during this time,” said Allison Suttle, M.D., chief medical officer for Sanford Health.
“It is important that we all do our part to prevent this illness from spreading in our communities by practicing good hygiene and staying home if we are sick. Let’s continue to take care of each other.”
The new visitor policy follows guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Protecting those vulnerable
Earlier this month, national long-term care organizations began recommending no visitors and very limited traffic through their facilities. This was because they represent a particularly vulnerable segment of the population. All Good Samaritan Society and Sanford Health long-term care residences have adopted those guidelines.
Sanford Health followed by applying a similar philosophy to its clinics and medical centers.
“It’s another area and another group of individuals that are likely to be vulnerable,” Dr. Suttle said. “They’re already sick. Their immune systems could be compromised.”
Even if you are not sick, you could be a carrier, Dr. Suttle said. And as there are no treatments or vaccines for COVID-19, visitor restrictions and other social distancing measures are in place to help stop its spread.
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