Effective April 6, we now require every person walking through our hospitals or physician practices to wear a face mask at all times. This is for the safety of our staff, patients, and communities. Learn more here.

COVID-19 Strict Patient Safety Measures

Due to the quickly escalating number of COVID-19 cases related to community spread, the University of Maryland Medical System has enacted a comprehensive, system-wide Strict Patient Safety Policy that began March 20, 2020 and will be in place until further notice. This approach is consistent with other health institutions across the country.

Implementation of Strict Patient Safety Measures

  • Applies to all patients within the hospital, regardless of unit or condition, who are seen in UMMS facilities.
  • In inpatient facilities, no visitors will be permitted except under specific circumstances, and by prior approval of the Physician Administrative Officer or designee, including:
    • End-of-life care or end-of-life decision making. For the purposes of this policy, clergy members do not count toward the visitor allotment for end-of-life care.
    • One parent or caregiver of a child in the neonatal intensive care unit.
    • One parent or caregiver of pediatric patients as long as they are not symptomatic.
    • One visitor inclusive of a professional support person or postpartum helper of a patient in the labor & delivery and postpartum units.
    • One visitor for patients in inpatient hospice units.
    • One visitor to accompany patients for hospital discharge.
    • One visitor for patients undergoing emergency surgery.
    • Visitors who have been asked by the patient’s care team to be a part of scheduled family training for patients with rehabilitation needs.
  • For all outpatient appointments:
    • One visitor will be permitted to accompany a patient to facilitate care or treatment such as an ambulatory visit, procedure or same-day surgery.
  • Visitors may be screened for flu-like symptoms, such as fever, cough or sore throat, depending on the situation.
  • Family, friends and loved ones should use electronic devices and apps to keep in contact with patients whenever possible. (e.g. phones, FaceTime, Skype, etc.)