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  • Geisinger Restricts Visitation


    This month marks the start of Geisinger's new visitation policy that includes, no visitors.  Visitors are allowed to see patients and enter facilities under special circumstances only.  The company stated, that this is to help keep patients safe, as COVID-19 cases increase in the area and within local hospitals. 

    Geisinger is offering ways to accommodate family members allowing communications with loved ones while in the facilities. Such as, providing families with iPads.  Family members are encouraged to contact the hospital to find out more information.  Geisinger Clinics and Outpatient facilities are still allowing one person to accompany the patient in those facilities.

    Berwick Hospital has also  implemented a no visitor policy at this time.

    You can view the full policy here: https://www.geisinger.org/coronavirus/patients-and-visitors/coronavirus-visitor-update

    Visitation for special situations (visiting hours can be flexible): (as of 11/11/2020)

    • Patients who are medically unstable (two designated visitors)
    • All patients who are imminently dying (within hours to days), but who are not positive for or suspected to have COVID-19 (two visitors) 
    • A one-time “substitution” with two other visitors is permitted.
    • Visits should ideally be between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m.
    • Patients undergoing surgery or procedures (one single-time visitor immediately after the procedure)
    • Delivering mothers (one support person)
    • Patients who are minors and those with limited decisional capacity (up to two parents or guardians)
    • Patients who have altered mental status, an intellectual, developmental or cognitive disability or a communication barrier (two visitors)
    • Patients with disruptive behavior where a family member is key to their care (two visitors)
    • Patients being discharged (one visitor to help with discharge planning)
    • ER patients (no visitors, with some exceptions as noted):
      • Patients who are medically unstable (one visitor, at provider’s discretion)
      • Patients who are at end of life (two visitors)
      •  Patients who are minors and those with limited decisional capacity (up to two parents or guardians)
      • Patients who have altered mental status or developmental delays and caregiver provides safety (one visitor)
      • Patients with disruptive behavior, where a family member is key to their care (one visitor)
      • Alerted patients (e.g., STEMI, stroke, trauma) (one visitor)

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