Rapides Regional Medical Center updates visitation policy

ALEXANDRIA, La. (KALB / RRMC) - Rapides Regional Medical Center is joining hospitals nationwide in implementing a no visitor policy, effective Tuesday, March 17, to help reduce the spread of respiratory illness. This means all non-essential visitors are restricted from campus.

Source: Rapides Regional Medical Center

The only individuals allowed are:
-One dedicated parent/caregiver for pediatric or mentally disabled patients who cannot be left alone
-One dedicated partner for active labor/delivery patients during delivery only
-One dedicated caregiver/driver for outpatient surgery/cath lab patients
-One dedicated family member for patients where the end of life care is being given.

Any individual who meets the above criteria will still go through the screening process to enter the RRMC campus. Those who screen positive will not be allowed access.

At this time, there are no confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Central Louisiana, and no services at RRMC are being curtailed as business remains as usual.

Rapides Regional Medical Center continues to assess its protocols, and will make adjustments as necessary.

Rapides Regional Medical Center visitation protocols

Effective immediately, only essential visitors are being allowed entrance to Rapides Regional Medical Center after the Louisiana Department of Health has prohibited hospital visitation. Essential visitors are those necessary to patient well-being.

Essential visitors will still go through a daily screening process.

Further restrictions include:
-Only two essential visitors at a time per patient are allowed
-No visitors under the age of 15
-Visiting hours are 7:30 a.m.-6:30 p.m. daily. This includes our Medical and Surgical Intensive Care Units.
-Visitors to Rapides Women’s and Children’s Hospital will be limited to mother and adult caregiver.

Rapides Regional Medical Center is continuing to follow CDC-recommended protocols for the coronavirus (COVID-19). At this time, there are no confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Central Louisiana.

Screening access points for essential visitors include:
-Emergency Room, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week
-Rapides Women’s and Children’s Hospital Scott Street entrance, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week
-Main Entrance, 7:30 a.m.-6:30 p.m., 7 days a week
-Outpatient Center first floor, 5 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday-Friday
-Medical Terrace first and second floor, 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Monday-Friday
-Medical Plaza first floor, 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Monday-Friday.

Once essential visitors are screened, they will receive a dated sticker that will allow them to come and go from the facility for the remainder of the day without being re-screened. The consolidated access points and screening process is to help protect the health of our patients, employees, physicians and volunteers. No services are being curtailed as business remains as usual.

Rapides Regional Medical Center continues to assess its protocols and will make adjustments as necessary. Check our social media pages at Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and LinkedIn for updates and tips on how to protect you and your family from viruses.

Rapides Regional requiring quick screening process, taking steps against COVID-19

Following the presumptive positive case of coronavirus in Jefferson Parish, one local hospital is taking steps against COVID-19.

Rapides Regional Medical Center is consolidating hospital entrances and requiring all visitors to undergo a quick screening process.

Each person who enters the hospital is asked three questions: do you have a fever, do you have a cough or any other respiratory symptoms, and have you had direct contact with any person that has COVID-19.

If you do have a cough, you will be given a level one mask upon entrance.

If you've had contact with someone who has the coronavirus, you will be given a level three mask and immediately escorted to the emergency room.

Rapides Chief Medical Officer M.D. David Rhodes says he does not expect a large spread of coronavirus across the state, and adds the screenings are meant to protect each person who walks into the hospital.

"The only change has been that we are having some personnel that are acting as screeners right now, but this has not had any effect on the overall operation of the hospital," said Rhodes. "For the most part, it's business as usual, and we will continue to take care of patients in the same good way that we have been doing for years."

An average of 8,400 people come into Rapides each and every day.

Once you answer all three questions at the screening checkpoint, you will be given a sticker with the date.

If you plan to spend multiple days at the hospital, you will need to be screened each day to receive a new sticker with the correct date.

So far, there have been no cases of coronavirus in Rapides Parish or Central Louisiana.

St. Frances Cabrini Hospital is also taking necessary steps to protect patients.

According to Spokesperson Frances Yeager, the hospital is following all CDC guidelines for screenings and have been screening in the ER and clinics for weeks.

However, Cabrini isn't limiting access to entrances at the moment.

If a positive case is determined within our region, Yeager says hospital officials will reevaluate at that time.

However, Cabrini will remain vigilant with CDC guidelines and continue to screen if any patient presents with any symptoms as recommended.

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