Visitor Guidance for UAB Medicine

ALL HOSPITAL AND CLINIC SITES
UPDATED 9 MAY 2022

UAB Medicine recognizes the importance of caregivers in the healing process for our patients. According to guidance from the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, we must continue to limit visitors in all areas of UAB Medicine, to reduce possible exposure to COVID-19 and allow for social distancing. All visiting caregivers must adhere to the following:

  • All caregivers must wear a mask for the entirety of their visit.
  • Those who are COVID-positive, experiencing COVID symptoms, or have been exposed to someone who is COVID positive should not enter UAB Medicine facilities.
  • All caregivers must be 12 years of age or older.
  • Caregivers must practice appropriate hand hygiene and limit the touching of surfaces in patient care areas.
  • Social distancing guidelines should be followed at all times in the patient rooms and in common areas, such as walkways and dining/vending spaces.
  • Designated entrances will only be open between 5 am and 8 pm. No visitation is allowed after 8 pm. Any emergency needs should be escalated to Guest Services at its 24/7 locations (University Emergency Department, UAB Hospital-Highlands Emergency Department, Women and Infants Center, and the second floor of the North Pavilion).

Two (2) caregivers per patient are allowed in all hospital and clinic locations, with the following exceptions:

  • Emergency Departments – 1 caregiver per patient due to space
  • Center for Psychiatric Medicine – Visitors by appointment only, according to the therapeutic plan
  • COVID-Positive or Person Under Investigation (PUI)
    • During their first visit, caregivers will receive education on personal protective equipment (PPE) and guidance to help ensure a safe patient visit. The caregiver must wear PPE supplied by the facility and follow current facility guidelines.
    • One caregiver is allowed to visit daily between the hours of 10 am and noon and between 3 pm and 6 pm.
    • Only one caregiver is allowed per block of time.
    • Caregivers cannot be present during aerosol-generating procedures.
  • Surgical/Procedure areas – 1-2 caregivers are allowed, with exceptions based on special circumstances.
  • Women and Infants Center Non-COVID Patients – 1 caregiver and 2 visitors per patient are allowed.
    • Medical units housed in the Women and Infants Center but not related to women’s services should follow the general UAB Medicine guidance for hospitalized patients, which allows two caregivers per patient.
    • Other exceptions may be made as needed.
  • Neonatal Services (RNICU/CCN)
    • Each neonatal admission is allowed visitation by two parents and two designated caregivers.
    • The parents and caregivers must not leave the unit or roam the hospital, except for basic personal needs (i.e. food, restroom).
  • COVID-Positive Patients in the Mother-Baby Unit
    • One support person may be present in Labor & Delivery and remain with the patient in the patient’s room for the duration of the patient’s stay. They will not have in/out privileges.
    • Visitors must be at least 18 years old, unless they are the parent of a patient. Exceptions may be made on a case-by-case basis and relative to the patient's individual needs. o
    • $8, and lunch and dinner trays are $10 each.
  • Obstetrics (LD, HORB, MBU)
    • Visitation for children is open to siblings only
    • All siblings over the age of 2 must wear a mask.
    • The sibling will count as one of the 2 visitors.  Currently, visitation for obstetrics is 1 support person and 2 visitors.
    • A responsible adult that is not the patient must remain with the child at all times
  • Neonatal (RNICU, CCN)
    • Visitation for children is open to siblings only
    • All siblings over the age of 2 must wear a mask
    • The sibling will count as one of the 4 designated visitors.  Currently, visitation for neonatal is 4 designated visitors.
    • A responsible adult must remain with the child at all times
    • Sibling visitation is limited to 8am – 10pm as children may not stay overnight in the neonatal areas
  • Infusion Therapy/Apheresis Services
    • The Infusion Clinic can accommodate one seated visitor during a patient’s treatment. The visitor must be age 12 or older and is encouraged to ask questions about the patient’s treatment.
    • Children under the age of 12 are not allowed in the infusion waiting room or patient care areas.
    • Exceptions to the visitor policy can be made and will be considered on a case-by-case basis by the patient’s nurse or the nursing supervisor. If the clinic is crowded, or if patient safety could be affected, we may not be able to accommodate a family member or other visitor.
    • The patient has the right to refuse or limit visitation.
    • Visitors should take steps to prevent spreading germs to patients or others in the clinic.

*Parents/support persons should consider the ability for the sibling over the age of 2yrs to wear a mask.

*Parents/support persons should consider that it may be difficult for siblings over the age of 2yr to wear a mask for long periods of time.