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Abrazo hospitals to allow visitors for ER, elective procedure patients

May 13, 2020

‘COVID SAFETY’ standards enable visitor policy changes during pandemic precautions

abrazo-300x200-news-releasePHOENIX –Visitation policy at Abrazo Health hospitals will be relaxed effective May 13 to allow one designated visitor to accompany patients having a scheduled elective procedure or one visitor per patient in the Emergency Department.

Visitors will be screened for fever, respiratory symptoms or travel to high risk locations prior to entering the hospital, and required to wear visitor identification, a facemask, and sanitize their hands. Specifically designated waiting areas allow physical distancing for designated visitors and include additional cleaning protocols.

Any visitor not meeting screening criteria will not be permitted to enter the hospital. Previous hospital visitation restrictions for COVID positive patients remain in place, allowing one visitor only for childbirth or end-of-life patients. All staff, physicians, patients and visitors are screened for COVID-19 symptoms before entering the hospital.

The Abrazo COVID SAFETY standards will offer peace of mind to patients and their loved ones receiving elective surgery or emergency care. Expanded visitation comes shortly after Abrazo resumed elective care with extensive safety measures in place.

“Our COVID SAFETY standards were developed with key principles in mind to maximize safety – maintain vigilance of all potential risks, create separate care pathways and take a multi-factor approach to maintaining a safe environment for patients and visitors,” explained Abrazo Health Chief Medical Officer William Ellert, MD.

Abrazo’s COVID SAFETY standards are built upon deep clinical expertise and ongoing management of COVID-19, as well as continuous incorporation of CDC, CMS and state recommendations. They are a rigorous combination of infection prevention processes, training, testing, personal protective equipment and technology. Standards include the following components:

  • Distinct COVID SAFETY Zones and COVID CARE Zones – separate areas with clear signage and protocols
  • Rigorous physician and staff protocols – daily screening, universal masking and access to PPE
  • Heightened sanitization – enhanced cleaning of surfaces and plenty of hand sanitization stations
  • Access to COVID-19 testing – in-house, rapid testing for patients, physicians and staff who require it
  • Precautions for patients and visitors – provision of facemasks, hand sanitizer and physical distancing
  • Enhanced virtual access – virtual care, remote monitoring as well as connectivity with loved ones

“Our COVID SAFETY standards will help patients confidently seek care at our hospitals and allow our community to be less worried for loved ones. We are providing the reassurance that our patients, staff and their families deserve,” said Abrazo Health Chief Executive Officer Brian Elisco. “I am proud of the work of our team to quickly implement and optimize these standards to provide care for patients in the safest environment possible.”

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