Baptist Health Paducah restricts visitation hours due to increase COVID-19 numbers

PADUCAH, Ky. (KBSI) – Baptist Health Paducah has restricted visitation hours for most patients due to increased positivity rate and hospitalizations for COVID-19.

Beginning Wednesday, December 29, visitation hours changed to 6-9 a.m. and 5-9 p.m. daily. One visitor is allowed during visiting hours.

Exceptions will be made for the NICU, which will allow one or both parents, and end-of-life patients, who can receive one to two visitors with approval. Two support people also may accompany expectant mothers to Labor and Delivery.

In addition, one support person may accompany a patient in the Emergency Department, but must wait in the car until the provider requests assistance for patient assessment or agrees the visitor may wait in the room with the patient. If the patient is a minor, the patient may be accompanied by two parents or legal guardians in the Emergency Department.

“We know our patients look forward to visits with loved ones while they are in the hospital, but due to the contagiousness of the new Omicron variant, this is the safest measure we can take to protect the health and safety of our patients and staff,” said Dr. Brad Housman, Baptist Health Paducah’s Chief Medical Officer. “We appreciate the community’s continued understanding and cooperation.”

Those who are hospitalized are encouraged to communicate with loved ones by using personal communication devices to talk, text, or videoconference. The hospital has iPads available for use by patients without a means of communication.

The visitor restrictions are part of infection control measures taken by hospital for the protection of patients and staff. Anyone who enters a Baptist Health facility must wear a mask at all times, and be subject to a COVID-19 screening.

Visitors will not be allowed in the Ray & Kay Eckstein Regional Cancer Care Center, including infusion, radiation therapy and outpatient oncology clinics, based on the infection risk of oncology patients.

Visitors must:

  • Wash their hands before and after a visit
  • Wear a mask at all times
  • Use the designated entrances and exits: Primary Entrance – Larry Barton Atrium, first floor, Medical Park 2, Emergency department and the Ray & Kay Eckstein Regional Cancer Care Center (patients only).
  • Those with fever, runny nose, body aches, or respiratory symptoms should not visit.

For a complete listing of visitor guidelines, visit Baptist Temporary Visitor Guidelines | Baptist Health Paducah.

Baptist Health Paducah Visitation Guidelines
Effective December 29, 2021, but subject to change based on patient and staff safety related to COVID-19.
We understand these temporary restrictions may be difficult for patients and their loved ones, but Baptist Health Paducah is taking these necessary steps to protect patients and staff. All visitors are expected to wear a mask at all times and comply with the Universal Masking policy. If they are unable or unwilling, they may be asked to leave.

Limited Visitation:

  • Inpatient (for non-Intensive Care (ICU) patients)
    • One visitor at a time is allowed between the hours of 6 a.m. – 9 a.m and 5 p.m. – 9 p.m.
  • Intensive Care (ICU) patients
    • One visitor between the hours of 6 a.m. – 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. – 9 p.m.
  • Surgery patients
    • One visitor may accompany surgery patient
  • Emergency department
    • One visitor may accompany the patient. If the patient is a minor, the patient may be accompanied by two parents or legal guardians.
  • Pediatric surgery patients
    • Two visitors may accompany the patient under 18 years of age.
  • End-of-life for Non-COVID/Hospice patients
    • Two family members 24/7.
  • Labor & Delivery
    • Two support persons may accompany the mother to L & D.
  • Postpartum
    • Only the mother and a support person (two bracelet holders) are allowed to accompany the mother to Postpartum. The support person is strongly encouraged to stay in the postpartum room during the entire stay and to minimize time in hallways and common areas. The visitor should wear a mask when in the room with the patient and baby and at all times when leaving the patient room.
  • Nursery and NICU
    • Mother and support person (two bracelet holders).
  • Clergy
    • Clergy visits allowed upon patient/family request, during visiting hours.
      Visitor restrictions will continue for Baptist Health Medical Group offices and outpatient facilities.
    • Baptist Health Medical Group, which includes medical offices and Baptist Health Urgent Care locations, will allow one visitor per patient. Both visitors and patients are asked to wear a mask, socially distance, and expect to be evaluated for COVID-19.

No Visitation for the Following:

  • All patients diagnosed with COVID-19 or being ruled out for COVID-19
  • No one under 16 allowed
  • Outpatient diagnostic and screening procedures
  • Outpatient Oncology treatment settings and Radiation Therapy
  • Patient and Visitor Infection Prevention
  • Mask Instructions

For everyone’s safety, visitors are expected to comply with the hospital’s universal masking policy during the entire visit.

  • Clean hands before touching/putting on the mask.
  • Mask has a front, back, top and bottom.
  • Front of mask “folds” point down and may be colored. The front should face away from you.
  • The top of the mask has a wire which molds over the bridge of the nose.
  • Fit mask to cover face (nose and mouth).
  • Wear mask upon entry to the facility and remove the mask after leaving the facility.
  • Clean hands.
  • Do not touch the mask while it is on your face.
  • Mask should always cover nose and mouth and should never be pulled under the chin.

Keep Hands Clean

  • Clean hands frequently. If washing with soap and water, wash your hands for 20 seconds or more, making sure to get under your nails.
  • Clean your hands when entering a patient’s room, before touching a patient and before you leave the patient’s room.
  • Clean hands before touching eyes, nose, or mouth and before eating.
  • Clean hands after using the bathroom, blowing nose, coughing, or sneezing.
  • Clean hands after touching frequently touched surfaces (door handles, elevator buttons, bed rails, light switches, etc.)
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