30 May 2008

American Samoa hospital places controls on patient's visitors

10:06 am on 30 May 2008

Family members who take care of relatives hospitalized at American Samoa's LBJ hospital will need clearance from the admitting physician and be issued a badge in order to be allowed into the wards.

This is part of a new policy which the LBJ will start implementing on June 1st.

It is customary for inpatients to have family members helping as caregivers while they are hospitalized.

But the hospital is now establishing a caregiver and visitors policy to maintain a safe environment and control infection.

Under the new policy, only care givers identified with badges will be allowed in the patient units after visiting hours.

Persons with a fever, cough, upper respiratory infection or other sign of communicable diseases will not be permitted into patient care areas.