We have implemented a restricted visitation policy. University of Iowa Health Network Rehabilitation Hospital, a venture with Encompass Health is no longer allowing visitors in our hospitals with the exception of a primary caregiver who needs training to prepare for a patient's safe and efficient discharge home. Our primary goal in restricting visitors is to safeguard our patient population from contracting COVID-19 and maintain the health of our hospital staff. During this time, phone and video calls are encouraged as alternative methods of communication.
With the safety of our patients, staff and guests being our top priority, we believe we are prepared to follow any reporting, quarantine and medical follow-up recommendations provided by the CDC and local health authorities.
We are following this outbreak closely and making sure that our clinicians are kept up-to-date on the current recommendations for screening patients. Our preparation plan includes our existing infection control protocols, education for leadership and employees on the CDC’s recommendations for signs/symptoms, prevention and treatment as well as employee refresher training on use of personal protective equipment.
In addition, we are taking the following actions in our hospital as safety precautions including:
Whether at home, in public venues or at work, each of us is exposed to a range of illnesses including colds and flu. If you’re feeling ill, stay home, and seek care if you have signs of serious illness such as:
For more information on COVID-19, visit https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html.