Updated Visitation Policy Effective December 15, 2020
Visitation for Inpatient Sites
Penn Medicine Princeton Medical Center is committed to the health and safety of our patients, visitors, and staff. We are thankful for your ongoing patience and cooperation as we all work together to create a safe environment where we can continue to provide high-quality care to our patients. Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, we have limited visitation at our facilities because reducing the number of people on-site can reduce the risk of patients and staff becoming exposed to and infected with the virus. Given the escalation in COVID-19 cases, and after careful consideration by our infectious disease experts and other members of the clinical staff, we are implementing the following updated visitation policy effective, December 15, 2020.
Inpatients on Medical Units, ACE, MNO, Telemetry, Surgical Care Unit, Critical Care Unit (CCU) – Visitation is limited to one person per day –
- Non-COVID positive patients may have ONE healthy visitor per day for a maximum of 2 hours — either from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. or 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Visitors must adhere to guidelines for visitors.
- COVID positive patients – no visitation will be allowed at this time (exceptions include special needs, pediatrics and end of life patients).
- There will be no visitors allowed in the Emergency Department except for special needs patients and pediatric patients.
Obstetrics (Labor and Delivery including postpartum) Patients may have one healthy support person stay with them for the duration of their stay. A certified Doula may also be present.
Neonatal ICU (NICU) and Pediatric patients may have two healthy parents visiting for the duration of their stay.
Patients with special needs or neurocognitive disability, or behavioral concerns may have one healthy visitor, parent, or guardian, at all times, if needed.
Patients who are at the end of life, including patients with COVID-19, may have two healthy visitors at a time. Visitors are asked to make arrangements in advance with the charge nurse so we may assist with personal protective equipment (PPE).
Patients being discharged from the hospital may have one healthy visitor to assist with discharge, if necessary.
Outpatient Surgical Patients. Visitors are not permitted in the Pre-Operative Unit or Post-Anesthesia Care Unit (PACU). Pediatric patients may have one parent or guardian. Patients needing additional support may have one caregiver accompany them. Families will be called after the procedure and prior to discharge. At the time of discharge, a family member/friend will be called to drive to the pick-up area. A Surgical Services staff member will bring the patient to the family member at the pick-up location.
Eating Disorders Unit. No adult visiting due to the open nature of the unit. Pediatric patients may have one parent at a time during visiting hours (7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. daily)
Guidelines for visitors:
- 18 years or older.
- Visitors from states on the New Jersey “watch list” will be prohibited from visiting. For the full list of states, please click here.
- All visitors are screened for symptoms and have their temperature checked at entry to the hospital.
- Visitors with a temperature above 100.0 degrees or who have any symptoms will not be allowed to enter the hospital.
During your visit you must:
- Wear a mask at all times.
- Practice social distancing of at least 6 feet.
- Wash hands before and after visiting patients.
- Remain in the patient room or at the bedside throughout visit except to use the restroom.
- Visitors will be asked to conclude their visit and leave the hospital during patient procedures that occur in the room and when visiting hours are over.
Visitors who do not adhere to these guidelines will be asked to leave. Additionally, if a visitor leaves the hospital during their visit, they will not be allowed back in.
We understand that this is a stressful time for our patients and their families, especially in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. Please know that we are dedicated to supporting you and your family during this challenging time — and we want to keep you safe.
Visitation for Outpatient Sites
While we understand the importance of having visitors accompany patients during visits to doctors, the laboratory and other outpatient facilities and offices, we are committed to protecting our staff and patients from potential exposure to COVID-19.
For that reason, and in light of the fact that there continue to be "hotspots" of COVID-19 throughout the country, we are currently not allowing visitors to outpatient sites. This policy affects the following sites:
- Doctor offices
- Imaging facilities in the Medical Arts Pavilion
- Outpatient Infusion Center
- All of our outpatient ambulatory facilities
Exceptions will be made for patients who need a visitor because of disability or other significant issue. These will be decided on a case-by-case basis by the screeners in collaboration with the unit manager when necessary.
We continue to take advantage of applications such as FaceTime or Zoom to connect health care members to patients and their families and representatives. These platforms can help promote effective and important communication.
Again, we recognize the importance of visitors during these appointments and will revisit and update this policy as soon as it is safe to do so.