MD Anderson implements 2019 coronavirus precautions

Posted at 1:46 PM, Mar 09, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-09 14:46:09-04

While there have been no cases of 2019 novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) at MD Anderson, they are enhancing their protocols and screening anyone who visits their campuses to identify if they have traveled in the last 14 days to an area considered to have sustained transmission* such as China, Iran, Italy, Japan or South Korea.

MD Anderson is screening for patients who exhibit symptoms of respiratory infection including:

Fever greater than 100.4º F/38º C

Coughing, or

Shortness of breath

To ensure the safety of patients in the hospital, they are limiting the number of visitors on their campus:

Inpatient, ICU, EC, Pediatrics: Two visitors at a time.

Pre-and post-operative procedures: If a patient is being discharged home, their primary caregiver will be called to the recovery area for discharge instructions. Otherwise, visitors should remain in the waiting area.

Outpatient clinics (reception area and exam rooms): Only two healthy visitors who do not have symptoms are allowed to accompany patients in their ambulatory areas, including Houston-area locations, effective immediately.

If you are on their campuses, you may be asked screening questions multiple times during your stay.

If you are a patient who has questions or concerns, contact your care team via MyChart message or phone call. Outside of business hours, call: 1-877-910-2685.

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