The CDC is now recommending wearing cloth face masks in public spaces. To learn more, including how to make a cloth mask, please click here: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/diy-cloth-face-coverings.html
Screening Process for Patients Presenting with Symptoms
- All patients who present to the institution, both to ambulatory sites and the Emergency Department, are screened on arrival using the CDC recommendations.
- Questions include fever or symptoms of acute respiratory illness such as cough and difficulty breathing. In addition to travel history, patients are asked about exposure to known cases of COVID-19 in the last 14 days before symptom onset.
- Should a patient arrive at the hospital with cough or fever, they are directed to put on a mask before entering the ED.
- Anyone who the clinician believes is a suspected case of COVID-19 is immediately placed on respiratory isolation, and infection control and the Department of Health is contacted.
- The current protocol includes a detailed attempt to eliminate other causes of acute respiratory infection, including influenza. If another cause of symptoms is found, then appropriate care for that illness is instituted, and if appropriate, isolation discontinued. If the patient meets the criteria for a patient under investigation (PUI), specimens are obtained and sent to the lab in Albany. The current turnover time is 3-5 days and the patient remains on isolation until the results return from their lab.
- Isolation is strictly enforced. The CDC has guidelines to limit staff exposure to these potentially infected COVID-19 patients before test results are available.
- Nursing, physician and ancillary staff involved in the care of these patients have been trained in appropriate precautions.
- We are actively making contingency plans should we see a surge of patients that exceed capacity.
To protect your health, the health of our patients and our health workers, we are following the NYS Department of Health guidelines: Effective today (3.18.202), no visitors will be permitted in the Emergency Department or the Hospital.
- Pediatrics: Two adults: parent(s) or legal guardian(s) are allowed.
- Labor and Delivery/Postpartum: One spouse/partner is allowed.
- End of Life: Determined on a case-by-case basis.
- Any patient that requires special needs, which can include those with a disability, developmentally disabled individuals with a variety of personal, educational and vocational tasks, etc.
Visitors meeting these exceptions must be screened for symptoms (cough, shortness of breath, or fever) or potential exposure to someone with COVID-19 and the duration and number of visits will be minimized.
Elective Ambulatory Surgery Cases
Currently, all elective ambulatory surgery cases, including screen mammography and elective interventional radiology, are postponed until a later date.
Stony Brook Southampton is strictly following all CDC and DOH guidelines and policies. Maternity patients should call 631-238-0018 Hamptons OB/GYN and bring their prenatal information.