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Title
Children’s of Alabama Updates Its Visitation Policy for Inpatient Units During Upcoming Respiratory Illness Season
Date
09/07/2017
Description

BIRMINGHAM – Children’s of Alabama has modified its visitation policies for its inpatient units during respiratory illness season beginning Oct. 1 and running through April 1, 2018.

Beginning Oct. 1, visitors to the hospital’s inpatient units must be at least 12 years of age and symptom-free to visit. In the past Children’s seasonal child-visitor policy applied only to critical care units like the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU), Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU), Cardiovascular Intensive Care Unit (CVICU) and Stem Cell Transplant Unit. The policy now applies to all inpatient units.

“We are taking this action for the benefit of our patients during respiratory illness season,” said Delphene Hobby-Noland, director of Infection Control at Children’s. “We are literally talking life and death in some cases and the well-being of the children in our care is our highest priority.

“That’s why we’re asking parents and other visitors to make plans to have siblings and other children safely stay with another adult while they are visiting Children’s or staying with their children in the hospital.”

Children’s generally allows visitation daily from 9 a.m. till 9 p.m. All visitors must register and wear hospital-issued identification before visiting any area. As always, any visitor experiencing the following symptoms are asked to postpone their visit:

  • fever in the last 24 hours
  • runny nose
  • cough
  • sore throat
  • been exposed to anyone with flu like symptoms

Since 1911, Children’s of Alabama has provided specialized medical care for ill and injured children, offering inpatient and outpatient services throughout central Alabama. Ranked among the best pediatric medical centers in the nation by US News & World Report, Children’s provided care for youngsters from every county in Alabama, 46 other states and seven foreign countries last year, representing more than 676,000 outpatient visits and more than 15,000 inpatient admissions. With more than 2 million square feet, Children’s is the third largest pediatric medical facility in the U.S. For more information, visit childrensal.org.