DeTar North Hospital visitation change has affected one family

VICTORIA–Texas, DeTar North Hospital is currently on lockdown due to the COVID-19 Pandemic. Shan Shan, the mother of a newborn baby boy who is currently in the NICU, was told on Wednesday that only one parent can visit from now on.

“I just feel like it’s just hard to choose because I heard about this new policy, that I either have to room in to stay with him, stay in the building or just not see him at all, like the day before yesterday,” said Shan-Shan Zhang, Mother.

Shan Shan had her baby boy on Monday, March the 2nd. He was originally due on April 24th. Now he’s in the NICU at DeTar. He weighs only two pounds.

“Last night I came to the hospital, I told them I’m going to room-in otherwise I’m not going to be able to see him until I don’t know until he gets home. I won’t be able to breastfeed him, I won’t be able to like see him at all so I decided to come in,” said Zhang.

Shan Shan was wondering, why was it okay for doctors and nurses to leave the hospital but she can’t? So we reached out to Judith Barefield, the Marketing Director at DeTar North to get answers.

In an emailed statement Barefield responded stating, “Our employees and the physicians caring for our patients are educated in infection prevention protocols established by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) for COVID-19. This includes the proper use of personal protection equipment (PPE),” said Judith Barefield, Marketing Director at DeTar North.

Read the full statement from DeTar Hospital below:

 

Respectfully,

Judith

The safety of our patients, visitors, and healthcare team members is critical to our delivery of quality medical care. When in the hospital for treatment, the best interest of our patients is to minimize unnecessary exposure to infectious or communicable diseases, and we have taken proactive steps to do so. 

Our employees and the physicians caring for our patients are educated in infection prevention protocols established by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) for COVID-19. This includes the proper use of personal protection equipment (PPE). 

Following the guidance of local and state public health officials, we established modified visitor protocols to protect our patients and the caregiving team. These include: reducing entrances to one location at both hospitals and restricting visitor access for the safety of our patients, providers, and community. We recognize that certain situations require more flexibility and will work with families experiencing extenuating circumstances, such as pediatric and NICU patients, laboring and post-partum mothers and end-of-life or critical care situations. 

Other providers in the area are implementing similar practices, and we are asking for the community’s understanding and compliance.

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