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Visitor Restrictions – Now in Effect

Visitor Restrictions – Now in Effect
December 16, 2013

The cold has settled in and so have colds of the other kind – respiratory viruses. To protect the health of our patients, their families and our staff, winter visitor restrictions are in effect beginning today, Dec. 16.

Parents and guardians are not considered “visitors.”

Please consider the following restrictions as you plan for any visits, admissions or appointments:

All visitors should be healthy – free from fever, cough, colds, or stomach virus symptoms.

Visitation by children less than 14 years of age is limited to siblings only.  Non-siblings who are over the age of 14 years and are healthy may visit in the patient’s room.

No more than two visitors (in addition to parents/guardians) should be in patient rooms at any one time.

Only parents or guardians should visit in our critical care areas.

  • Pediatric Intensive Care Unit
  • Cardiac Intensive Care Unit
  • Newborn Intensive Care Unit
  • Limited visitation in critical care areas by parent-designated other individuals must be arranged in advance with the critical care staff or leadership

Children in waiting areas must be supervised at all times.

In general, only children seeking evaluation or treatment should visit Cincinnati Children’s facilities. Children in waiting areas must be supervised at all times.

Playrooms and unit play areas are open to patients and their parents/legal guardians only. Siblings will not be permitted.

Unit leadership may make exceptions for special visits on a case-by-case basis.

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