At Saline Health System, our top priority is safeguarding the health and wellbeing of our patients, providers, employees and community. We continue to closely monitor the prevalence of coronavirus (COVID-19) in our community and follow state and federal guidance as we adapt our operations to safely care for and support our patients. Our visitor policy as of 8/2/2021 is the following:
- Inpatient care NOT related to COVID: Patients may be permitted two (2) well visitors at a time ages 16 or older. The visitor is to remain in the patient room during the visit with an appropriate and properly worn face mask. Patients receiving end-of-life care (e.g., terminally ill patients) should be evaluated on a case-by-case basis and may be allowed more than two (2) visitors.
- Non-Covid Patients: may have multiple visitors every day, but only two (2) visitors at a time.
- COVID Patients: Visitors for patients in this category may only enter when the patient is receiving end-of-life care. These should be evaluated on a case-by-case basis.
- Outpatient Procedures and Surgical Services: Patients may be accompanied by up to two (2) patient representatives. During the procedure, the visitor will be asked to wait in the patient room or designated waiting areas. Masking, social distancing, and all other infection prevention and control practices shall be adhered to as a condition of visitation. If the patient is admitted to the hospital, the visitor will be asked to follow the inpatient hospital visitor guidelines during patient hospital stay.
- Emergency Department: Patients not being evaluated for COVID may be accompanied by up to one (1) patient visitor. The visitor will be asked to wait in the patient room or designated waiting area. Masking, social distancing and all other infection prevention and control practices shall be adhered to as a condition of visitation. If an ER patient is admitted to the hospital, the visitor will be asked to follow the inpatient hospital visitor guidelines during patient hospital stay.
- Obstetric Patients: Patients may be permitted two (2) adult support person(s) during their stay.
- Labor and Delivery Unit and Postpartum Unit: Patients may be permitted two (2) adult support person(s) during their stay.
- Visitation without limitation: A clergy member or lay person offering religious or spiritual support may be physically present with a patient to pray with or offer spiritual support. But need to maintain social distancing requirements within the patients room.
- Behavioral Health Unit: is not allowing visitation currently.
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Elective Procedure COVID Testing
The Arkansas Department of Health recently announced that it is lifting the directive requiring COVID-19 testing for patients undergoing elective procedures. This allows individual hospitals to make the decision on testing based on the needs of the community. In order to provide the highest level of safety to our patients, physicians and staff members, Saline Health System plans to continue testing patients before elective procedures as long testing supplies are available. We believe this is the best decision as we strive to make our communities healthier. If you have any questions, please contact your physician’s office prior to your scheduled procedure. Please visit our website at SalineMemorial.org for the latest updates on COVID-19 procedures at Saline Health System.
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (www.cdc.gov)
- Local/state health department – https://www.salinecounty.org/health_department
- Local emergency management association – https://www.salinecounty.org/emergency_management
- State hospital association – https://www.arkhospitals.org/
As many in our community are seeking testing for COVID-19, we want to remind you of the process for getting tested. Testing equipment is still limited in our community so please be sure to contact your provider to determine availability before going to the clinic or hospital. If you have questions, contact the Arkansas Department of Health or use UAMS Health Now Screening Tool or Drive-Thru Screening.
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