Regional health care institutions align on protective measures for COVID-19
HOUSTON – Regional health care
providers in the Texas Medical Center, the largest medical complex in the
world, are committed to protecting the health and safety of patients, visitors,
employees and members of the community during the novel coronavirus disease
Institutions are working together
to proactively implement measures that can serve to decrease transmission of
the virus and “flatten the curve,” which aims to extend new
cases over a longer time period to avoid overwhelming the capacity of the
health care system.
To accomplish this goal,
institutions are calling on anyone visiting a hospital or any health care site
to seriously consider the following:
- Patients and visitors should
plan ahead. Check
your institution’s website for specific visitor policyinformation.-
- If patients are not feeling well, they should contact their care team
for direction before traveling to theappointment.
- If visitors are not feeling well, they should stayhome.
- Most institutions only allow two
visitors at a time, per patient. Visitors must be 18 or older and cannot
have symptoms of fever, cough or shortness ofbreath.
- Allow extra time as building
entrances have been reduced and health screenings are taking place at these
entrances. Screenings include questions about recent travel, current health
and a possible temperaturecheck.
- People who do not have a critical reason to be at the hospital or
health caresite should stayhome.
- The best way to prevent the spread of germs is proper hand hygiene and
cough etiquette. Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20
seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after
blowing your nose, coughing orsneezing.
Participating institutions include: Baylor College of Medicine, CHI St.
Luke’s Health, Houston Methodist, Memorial Hermann Health System, Texas
Children’s Hospital, UT Physicians (a part of UT Health), MD Anderson Cancer
Center and the Texas Medical Center.