What are visitor precautions?
Visitor precautions are a series of infection control measures put in place to reduce the spread of illness or infection diseases which are common in health care facilities. They are designed to help keep residents, families, staff and visitors healthy and safe.
At times, a health-care facility may need to implement visitor restrictions if they are experiencing an increase of flu-like or gastrointestinal illness among patients or residents. This means that individuals should refrain from visiting the facility when possible and immediate family should contact the facility before visiting.
Help reduce the spread of illness
Visitors can help reduce the spread of illness by doing the following:
Do not visit if you are ill.
Check with nursing staff before you visit.
Clean your hands before entering and after visiting your loved ones.
Should you visit more than one resident at one visit, please ensure you take the necessary precautions.
Wear protective equipment, such as masks, gown and gloves for the duration of the visit, if required. Nursing staff will advise which equipment is required, how to properly apply and remove it.
Please do NOT visit any health care facility if you feel ill or are experiencing flu-like or gastrointestinal symptoms.
Visitor precautions do not apply to family/friends visiting palliative care patients or residents.
Preventing the spread of infection
To prevent the spread of infection, the public and all staff are advised to:
wash your hands frequently using soap and water or an alcohol based hand sanitizer, if soap and water are not available
cover coughs or sneezes with a tissue or the crook of your arms
avoid touching your face
Types of Precautions:
Limited Precautions - the following regulations are in place:
No children under 14 years of age are permitted to visit
One visitor per patient/resident at a time
No visitation is permitted at this time
Individuals requiring information about their loved ones are asked to phone the appropriate nursing unit