St. Tammany Health System Adjusts Policy Amid Pandemic
As part of its phased return to normal business operations, St. Tammany Health System is altering its visitation policy for patients receiving certain procedures during the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak.
Beginning Monday (May 18) patients arriving at STHS for an invasive procedure in the Cardiac Catheterization Lab, Covington Surgery Center, or the Endoscopy, Interventional Radiology or Surgery departments may have one visitor with them if they wish.
The visitor must stay in the appropriate department waiting area for the duration of the patient visit. Both the patient and the visitor must wear their own protective face covering to enter any STHS facility.
Patients arriving for all other procedures will continue to the existing visitation policy introduced in accordance with orders of Louisiana Department of Health related to the presence of COVID-19 in our community. It is to have no visitors unless one essential caregiver is necessary to assist the patient with dementia, decreased mental capacity or significant mobility impairment. In that case, a designated essential visitor must remain for the entire inpatient stay.
The health system encourages patients and families to use technology and the hospital’s free public Wi-Fi to stay in touch with loved ones in hospital care.
Essential visitors are defined as:
- A laboring mother’s spouse or partner (once active labor has been confirmed by triage)
- A child’s parent or guardian (same visitor, one per day)
- A critically ill patient’s spouse or significant other in hospice, palliative care or at end-of-life
- An infusion patient’s essential caregiver only