E 68 and visitation

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  • Specializes in NICU. Has 20 years experience.

Has anybody changed their visiting policy in the NiCU because of the recent influx of Enterovirus 68? We have had several suspected cases in our area and I am concerned for our patients.

guest769224

1,698 Posts

We did change our policy to nobody under 18. Siblings 14 and up are the only exception. We have confirmed Entero Virus

kristin829

2 Posts

Specializes in pediatrics, nursery.

Yes, it is the same as our flu season visitation policy. No one under the age of 12, siblings included. We usually start this during flu season (Oct-Marchish) but we put it into effect in August due to the virus.

rnkaytee

219 Posts

We went to a no-kids under 14 policy some years back with H1N1. It has made a huge difference in the noise and craziness factor in our NICU - can't believe we ever did it, actually. We do have a viewing window that younger kids can look through.

Bortaz, MSN, RN

1 Article; 2,628 Posts

Specializes in CDI Supervisor; Formerly NICU. Has 14 years experience.

My old unit only allowed mom, dad, and grandparents. During flu season, grandparents were disallowed. No children ever.

Specializes in NICU. Has 11 years experience.

My unit is just parents and grandparents, with a max of 2 visitors at bedside. During flu season it's just parents. We do make exceptions for minor mothers, allowing one grandparent in with her, or if no FOB involved.

katierobin23

147 Posts

No changes in my unit. We care more about satisfaction scores and limited visitation doesn't mesh well with that. We might not even go under flu restrictions this year. :banghead: