COVID-19 Isolation: What To Expect

We understand this may be a scary and difficult time.  We are here to provide you with the best and safest care.

 As you likely know, the coronavirus (COVID-19) is spread very easily from person to person.  The virus comes out in tiny droplets when you talk, cough, or sneeze.  The droplets can leave the virus on surfaces around you, picked up by others touching the surface.   

Very careful steps are being taken to prevent the spread of the virus to others. 

 

What steps are we taking?

You will be placed on Isolation Precautions.  What’s that mean?

Your room:

  • You will be placed in a private room, or in a room with a

patient with the same virus.

  • Your door will need to stay closed
  • Please stay in your room

Your Care Team will need to:

  • Carefully put on gown, gloves, and mask before they can enter your room.
  • Limit the number of times we enter your room and limit the amount of time we stay in your room.   Why?
    • o To make sure we continue to have enough gowns, gloves, and masks
    • o To cut down on the chance of us picking up and spreading the virus

We are checking on you often

Because we must limit the number of times we enter your room, we will be checking on you from outside your room.  Many of our rooms have been set up with Telehealth technology so we can see you and talk to you.  If your room does not have Telehealth, we will be checking on you often using the call bell intercom or phone.

What is Telehealth Technology?

Your room may have Telehealth technology.  Telehealth technology allows your doctors, nurses, and caregivers to provide care to you without the risk of spreading the coronavirus.

Telehealth uses a monitor screen and camera for you to see and talk to your care team.  The equipment will remain on at all times so that you can have timely contact with your care team.

The system is secure and will only be used to provide care and support to you. All information shared while using Telehealth will be kept between you and your health care team.

Have concerns or need to talk?

We care about your well-being.  We understand you may have certain concerns or feelings of sadness while being alone in your room.  We have support staff who can help. Please ask you nurse to contact the Social Worker or Chaplain.

What can you do to help?

  • Help us limit the number of times the care team needs to enter your room.
    • Combine your requests for items you may need
    • Please stay in your room

Stay close to your loved ones

Although UVA Health has visitor restrictions in place, we want you to still feel close.  Stay close by:

  • Using your own device stay connected by video, voice, or text.  Additional information is available.
  • Using your in-room phone.  Your loved ones can call 434.982.1100 to be connected to you.