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BRMC, OGH to discontinue ED visitation

Posted on: 11/23/2020

Out of an abundance of caution, and due to rising COVID numbers in the community, Bradford Regional Medical Center and Olean General Hospital will no longer allow visitors to its emergency departments, unless medically necessary, effective at 3 p.m., Nov. 23.

“Clearly, the presence of the virus is rising in the Bradford and Olean communities,” said William Mills, MD, chief medical officer, BRMC, OGH, Upper Allegheny Health System. “We understand the inconvenience for patients and their families but we simply cannot take chances.”

Dr. Mills urged everyone to continue the use of masks, frequent hand washing and social distancing, especially as the holidays approach.

Technology is available for televisits in a variety of settings. Inpatients at OGH can visit with loved ones at home by using one of the hospital’s iPads. While Dr. Mills stressed that visiting the hospital is safe, patients can take advantage of virtual telehealth visits. ED2Home allows patients with minor conditions to schedule a visit with an ED provider via telehealth. In addition, most of the outpatient provider practices offer telehealth appointments as an option. For more information on ED2Home, visit www.ogh.org or www.brmc.com. Patients can also call their provider’s office to learn more about telehealth visits.

“Our hospitals take this very seriously and, as a community, we need to do everything within our power to halt the spread of this virus,” he said.

“Patient safety is our number one priority. We have every confidence that patients who seek care at BRMC and OGH continue to be safe,” Dr. Mills said.

BRMC and OGH visitation policies are:
• Emergency department – for adult patients, no visitors are allowed unless deemed medically necessary where a support person is essential to the patient’s care.
• Pediatric and obstetrics patients may have one support person accompany them.
• Patients at end-of-life may have up to two visitors at a time.
• Surgical patients may have one visitor accompany the patient, receive discharge instructions and transport patient home.
• Special exemptions will be made on a case-by-case basis as determined by the nurse manger.
• No visitors are permitted at the Pavilion at BRMC, the Marie Lorenz Dialysis Center at OGH, behavior health units at BRMC and OGH, outpatient testing and physician practices unless special circumstances.
• No visitors under the age of 18, except in rare situations, approved in advance.

BRMC and OGH continue to take the following steps to mitigate the presence of COVID-19:
• Screening everyone upon entering the hospital
• Visitors are asked screening questions and temperature checked before entering.
• Employees are expected to report if they have symptoms or exposure to COVID-19 or if they have traveled to areas where COVID-19 is prevalent.
• Enforcing masking policy, meaning everyone must wear a mask at all times
• Vigorously enforce hand washing for everyone in the building
• Continually updating staff with the facts
• Posting appropriate signage is all areas
• Creating space for social distancing

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