Visitation Guidelines During Flu Season
As of December 11, 2019, Saratoga Hospital, along with several regional hospitals implemented visitation guidelines to further protect patients from influenza and other infectious diseases following a declaration by the New York State Commissioner of Health that the flu is now prevalent in certain communities.
These guidelines are:
- A maximum of two visitors will be permitted in a patient's room at any one time.
- Children 12 and under will be prohibited from visiting patients' rooms, as they are more likely to have and transmit respiratory infections.
- Special visitation guidelines are in place on the Women's Health Services unit. Please call 518-583-8331 for more detail.
- Visitors with rash, diarrhea or respiratory symptoms will be prohibited from visiting patients. These symptoms include fever, sore throat, cough and shortness of breath.
We encourage all visitors to use hand-washing stations before entering and upon leaving a patient’s room.
Saratoga Hospital and Saratoga Hospital outpatient facilities shall respect the rights of patients to choose who may visit/accompany them when they are hospitalized or seen in an outpatient setting.
Visitation and the support of family and friends play an important role in the care and healing of the patients. We welcome all visitors and want to make the visits as comfortable as possible for both the visitor and the patient. Visitors will not be restricted, limited, or otherwise denied on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, age or disability. The patient has the right to withdraw or deny his/her consent to receive specific visitors.
Open visitation may occur 24 hours a day unless clinical limitations are warranted.
It is not possible to anticipate every instance that may give rise to a clinically appropriate rationale for a restriction or limitation. Our staff will exercise their best clinical judgment when determining when visitation is, or is not, appropriate. Clinical judgment will take into account all aspects of the patient's health.
Following are the visiting policies for each of our units:
- Family members, partner, significant others or support person, may accompany the patient to pre-op.
- Depending on the situation, they may be able to visit in post-op as well
- A family and visitor waiting area is available
- A support person is welcome during a laboratory visit when requested by the patient
Intensive Care Unit
- Visitors allowed at any time 24/7
- No visiting will be allowed when a major procedure is being performed
- Strictly limited to two visitors at a time
Mental Health Unit
- Daily visiting hour are 12:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. and 4:30- 6:30 p.m
- Visiting hours are extended from 12:00 p.m. until 6:30 p.m. on certain holidays
- Visitors are limited to 3 individuals at a time
- An adult must accompany children under the age of 18 at all times
- During labor, the presence of 2 visitors is suggested
- The father or other primary support person(s) are free to visit the mother during the recovery period
- Family bonding is promoted by allowing regular visitation for the newborn's siblings in a manner consistent with safety and infection control
- Other family members and friends may visit in a manner that is consistent with standards of care
- The Golden Hour
- The first hour after birth will be will be uninterrupted (no visitors other than support person, and siblings of the newborn). This allows time for: mother/baby bonding, newborn thermo regulation through the support of skin-to-skin, assurance of newborn stabilization, implantation of breastfeeding.