Limited visitation policy in effect to minimize patient exposure to respiratory illness

Starting November 28, Texas Children’s limited visitation policy went into effect at all three hospital campuses to help minimize exposure to respiratory illness among our patient population. The policy will remain in effect until further notice.

These restrictions will be most impactful in inpatient areas, and are summarized as follows:

  • Parents, legal guardians, siblings and children of adult patients can visit. The exception is Bone Marrow Transplant Unit patients – visitors are limited to two adults and no children under age 12.
  • Patients will be limited to four additional adult visitors, identified upon admission, for the duration of their hospital stay.
  • All visitors will be screened daily and asked to leave if they are symptomatic of illness. They can return when they are symptom-free for at least 24 hours.
  • Ill caregivers wishing to stay at the bedside will be instructed on infection control measures and reported to the unit charge nurse for further guidance.
  • “Tuck in Time” from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. for patients to get rest. Caregivers can stay at the bedside but other visitors will be asked to leave.

Texas Children’s employees and staff can all help minimize the spread of illness by washing their hands and using hand sanitizer when in public areas of the hospital, as well as during patient visits.