New overnight visitor guidelines at Intermountain Healthcare facilities
SALT LAKE CITY — Beginning Tuesday, Jan. 18, overnight visitors at Intermountain Healthcare centers will be limited to pediatric patients, laboring and postpartum mothers, patients suffering from dementia, patients who are critically ill, or patients who are at the end of life.
The change is in response to the increasing volume of patients due to the omicron variant of COVID-19.
A particular concern held by caregivers at Intermountain is an overnight visitor who may be sleeping without their mask. The new overnight visitor limitations will address this issue.
Mothers in labor in the Women and Newborn unit are allowed one overnight visitor while in labor.
Initially, postpartum mothers were not permitted to have overnight visitors. However, KSL NewsRadio’s Lindsay Aerts reported on an important adjustment made by IMHC. Hospitals will allow postpartum mothers to have one visitor overnight.
Other Intermountain guidelines include the following:
- all visitors must wear a mask at all times, in all areas, in both hospitals and clinics,
- visitors should always wear their mask in the presence of a caregiver,
- one designated visitor per day is recommended in outpatient areas,
- one designated visitor per day is recommended for same-day surgery patients (to accompany an adult or pediatric patient)
- two designated visitors in the Emergency Department can rotate in and out of the patient room.
Finally, Intermountain asks that patients come alone when visiting their clinics or to bring only the people who are necessary for their visit. They ask that, whenever possible, patients make childcare arrangements and leave children at home.
Here are the full guidelines for visiting Intermountain facilities.
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