It’s Cold and Flu Season – Visitor Restrictions Now In Place

During cold and influenza season it is necessary for Nationwide Children’s to take extra precautions to protect the health of our high-risk inpatients by restricting certain inpatient visitors from entering select inpatient units. Beginning Monday, November 27, 2017, all inpatient visitors must be healthy and 12 years of age and older for the intensive care units, the neonatal units, H4A, H8A and Hematology/Oncology.

  • Patients/parents will be asked to identify up to four additional people, 12 years of age and older, they wish to visit during their stay. It does not matter what the relationship is to the patient (grandparent, aunt, uncle, sibling, or support person, etc.). Parents should call Admitting by dialing 2-2210 from the room and share the four names chosen. Until this happens only parents and grandparents will be able to visit.
  • The four names given will be listed in the patient’s medical record. Only visitors with their name listed will be able to visit the patient for the duration of visitor restrictions. The four names cannot be changed unless approved by the Nurse Manager/designee or the Nursing Supervisor. Please speak with your caregivers if there is a need to make any changes.
  • Visitors under 12 years of age will not be able to access the unit, including the waiting rooms, playrooms and family lounges.
  • Clergy are allowed to visit and are not included in the four additional names.

We know visitor restrictions can make it hard for families to keep in touch so here are five ways to keep in touch with patients:

  1. Send an eCard! These get delivered directly to our patients.
  2. Patients can borrow Skype units from the Family Resource Center – plan a time to talk!
  3. Visitors can call the Gift Shop and purchase a Family Gift Card to be delivered to patients.
  4. Parents can drop off younger siblings (age 3-12 years) at The Clubhouse, a sibling care center.
  5. Hematology/Oncology patients have access to the Internet through our Patient Edutainment system, so siblings, family and friends can use social media to stay in touch!

Our number one priority is to make sure our patients avoid exposure to the colds and viruses circulating in the community this time of year. Your questions and feedback are important to us. Please do not hesitate to speak with your caregiver about these visitor restrictions.

Michael T. Brady, MD
Michael T. Brady, MD, is Associate Medical Director at Nationwide Children’s Hospital, Co-Medical Director for Patient Safety, a member of the hospital’s Division of Infectious Diseases and a Professor of Pediatrics at The Ohio State University College of Medicine. An infectious disease specialist for more than three decades, Dr. Brady began focusing on the emerging HIV epidemic in the mid-1980s and its implications for infants, children and adolescents. He created the country’s first family-centered pediatric HIV program at Nationwide Children’s in 1987. While still involved with the HIV program, his interests in recent years have included promoting immunization in children, reducing healthcare associated infections and providing guidance on emerging infections.Dr. Brady served as Physician-in-Chief at Nationwide Children’s from 2005 to 2013 and Chair of the Department of Pediatrics at OSU’s College of Medicine from 2006 to 2013. Under his leadership, OSU’s Pediatrics faculty nearly doubled in size. Dr. Brady also oversaw the development of Physician Direct Connect at Nationwide Children’s, a service that puts community pediatricians in nearly immediate contact with specialists for consultations. He is a long-time member of Nationwide Children’s Graduate Medical Education Committee, influencing the training of the next generation of physicians.At the national level, Dr. Brady has served as Chair of the American Academy of Pediatrics’ Committee on Infectious Diseases. He is currently the Associate Editor of Red Book, the comprehensive infectious disease reference from the AAP. He is also a member of the editorial panel for Guidelines for the Prevention and Treatment of Opportunistic Infections in HIV-Exposed and HIV-Infected Children: Recommendations from the NIH, CDC, HIV Medicine Association, PIDS and AAP. Other activities have involved global immunization advocacy, ongoing education of pediatricians across the country and service on task forces handling issues ranging from circumcision to meningococcal vaccines.

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