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  • Update: Siblings of any age may visit newborns at Birth Centers

    On March 26, 2013, MultiCare Health System lifted some of the visitor restrictions that were put in place to protect newborns and their families in the Family Birth Centers at MultiCare Tacoma General Hospital, MultiCare Good Samaritan Hospital in Puyallup, and MultiCare Auburn Medical Center.

    All visitors must still complete a wellness screening, and sick visitors are asked to stay away. Siblings of any age are allowed to visit the Birth Center, but children younger than 13 who are not siblings of the baby are still restricted.

    Since RSV remains prevalent in our our community, some restrictions will continue at Tacoma General's high-risk nurseries, at Mary Bridge Children’s Hospital, and at the Mary Bridge Pediatric Care Unit at Good Samaritan Hospital (see below for details).

     

    Visiting the Family Birth Centers:

    • The number of visitors is not restricted to two.
    • Siblings of any age may visit. (Children who are not siblings of the baby are restricted if they are younger than 13.)
    • All visitors should check in with the unit secretary to complete a wellness screening when they arrive.
    • Anyone, including parents or designated support partners, who has one or more of the following symptoms are asked not to visit until they are well:
      • Fever above 100.4 degrees
      • Cough
      • Sore throat
      • Muscle aches or extreme fatigue
      • Chills
      • Vomiting, nausea or diarrhea

    Since we continue to see high prevalence of RSV in our population, we will continue to maintain some restrictions in our pediatric and high risk nursery population. The following restrictions will remain in place until further notice.

    Visiting high-risk nurseries (Neonatal Intensive Care Units, Intermediate Care Nurseries and Special Care Nurseries)

    • No restrictions on visitors age 13 and older.
    • No visitors younger than 13.
    • Visitors should check in with the unit secretary to complete a wellness screening when they arrive each day.
    • Anyone, including parents or designated support partners, who has one of more of the following symptoms will be asked not to enter until they are well:
      • Fever above 100.4 degrees
      • Cough
      • Sore throat
      • Muscle aches or extreme fatigue
      • Chills
      • Vomiting, nausea or diarrhea

    Visiting Mary Bridge Children’s Hospital and the Mary Bridge Pediatric Care Unit at Good Samaritan Hospital

    • No restrictions on visitors age 13 and older.
    • No visitors younger than 13. (Rationale: Children in Mary Bridge are already ill and at higher risk if also infected with RSV. A number of patients in Mary Bridge, particularly in the PICU, are in the hospital due to a respiratory infection – we also want to protect children visitors from acquiring these infections while visiting.)
    • Visitors will complete a wellness screening when they arrive each day.
    • Anyone who has one or more of the following symptoms will be asked not to enter until they are well:

      • Fever above 100.4 degrees
      • Cough
      • Sore throat
      • Muscle aches or extreme fatigue
      • Chills
      • Vomiting, nausea or diarrhea

    Additionally, since influenza has been decreasing steadily over the past five weeks, the Infection Prevention Department has determined that MultiCare can discontinue the requirement for unvaccinated staff to wear a mask while working in patient care areas and departments.

    The extra precautions were in place since January to protect vulnerable newborn patients while influenza and other seasonal illnesses made their way through our community.

    Thank you for partnering with us to protect our highest-risk patients.

    Posted on Mar 26, 2013 in News Release