Versatile 3-tiered strategy components in present facility and public well being danger ranges
Valley Well being is implementing a brand new three-tiered strategy to hospital and outpatient facility visitation throughout the well being system starting Monday, November 22. The brand new standardized framework assigns a inexperienced, yellow or purple visitation stage related to a low, medium or excessive danger of publicity to COVID-19 and influenza for sufferers and caregivers.
Valley Well being will enact its Degree Crimson Visitation Coverage on Monday because of the excessive danger of transmission at the moment, as decided by an algorithm that mixes well being system knowledge with public well being knowledge and present traits. This alteration in course of streamlines Valley Well being’s capability to find out and talk protected practices for many who are offering assist for a hospitalized affected person or accompanying a beloved one to an outpatient appointment.
The brand new tips are constructed round designated Care Companions, members of the family or trusted mates 18 years or older who’re chosen by the affected person to be an lively a part of their care workforce. Every simply understood visitation stage (purple, yellow and inexperienced) spells out the privileges and obligations for Care Companions and varies in accordance with hospital unit or care setting, and stage of affected person acuity. The brand new coverage takes into consideration the vital position that Care Companions play on the bedside, whereas making certain the security of our sufferers, guests, workers and the broader neighborhood.
“We perceive the significance for our sufferers of getting the assist of a Care Companion throughout their hospital-ization,” stated Theresa Trivette, DNP, Valley Well being Chief Nursing Government. “The amendments we have now made to our visitation course of will higher allow the presence of a supportive care associate whereas nonetheless defending sufferers and caregivers from potential publicity danger.”
Since March 2020, when the primary affected person with COVID-19 offered for care, Valley Well being workers all through the area have targeted on defending the security of sufferers, guests and caregivers from the extremely contagious virus. Valley Well being’s hospitals, nursing services and outpatient websites have restricted guests and required face masking, different PPE, distancing and handwashing to forestall COVID-19 transmission on this weak inhabitants of hospitalized sufferers and long-term care residents.
“We all know that visiting restrictions have been a vital, however tough, issue for our sufferers and households over the past 20 months, however we really feel a profound accountability to guard our sufferers and workforce,” stated Valley Well being High quality and Affected person Security Officer Nicolas Restrepo, MD. “Whereas our COVID-19 affected person volumes lately declined from document highs, we proceed to expertise surges in COVID affected person volumes, in addition to a constantly excessive neighborhood positivity charge. With influenza season upon us, we wished a extra versatile, data-driven course of to evaluate the present danger, assign an applicable stage of warning, and share visiting tips that mirror that algorithm.”
Every hospital and outpatient facility throughout the well being system will share the present stage of warning for visitation. For extra particulars concerning the Degree Crimson Visitation being enacted on Monday, go to valleyhealthlink.com/visitation.