Visitor Information

Hoag takes every precaution possible to protect and promote the health of patients, visitors and staff. Visitor support and compassion is important to a patient’s recovery. Here are important tips to keep in mind when visiting a friend or loved one in the hospital.

Do not visit when:

  • You are sick
  • You have a fever, cough or runny nose
  • You have diarrhea

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Clean your hands:

  • When you enter or leave the hospital
  • When you enter or leave a patient's room
  • After sneezing, coughing or blowing your nose
  • Before eating
  • After using the bathroom

Patients in isolation:

In the hospital, people who are or may be infected or colonized with an infectious disease are placed in isolation or precautions to prevent the spread of the infection to other patients. Patient safety is our first priority and additional precautions are taken to ensure attentive care to the patient while preventing any potential exposure to others. Visitors and health care providers caring for people in isolation may be required to wear protective garments such as gowns, gloves and/or masks and must follow strict procedures to clean hands.

When you see a precaution sign outside the patient’s door:

  • Always clean your hands before entering a patient room
  • Follow the directions on the sign on what protective items to wear while in the patient room, i.e. mask, gloves and/or gown
  • Remove all protective items before leaving the room and place in the trash
  • Always clean hands after removing protective items and whenever leaving a patient’s room
  • Always ask the nurse if you have any questions about precautions and what to do