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COVID-19 Hospital visitor rules leave families looking for more access.

Banned from a Florida hospital room where his mother was dying of cowardice 19, Jaden Erbeliz presented an idea to construction workers working nearby.

“Is there a way I can get there?” Erbilis asked, pointing to the third-floor window of a hospital in Jacksonville.

The workers gave the 17-year-old girl a yellow vest, shoes, a helmet and a ladder to climb on a part of the roof so she could peek out the window and see her mother, Michelle Erbilis, alive for the last time.

One and a half years in epidemic disease. Which has killed 700,000 people in the United States.At least half a dozen state hospitals have banned visits to COVID patients. Others, however, stand firm, with the support of studies and industry groups that indicate that such policies are important in reducing hospital-acquired infections.

Cowade is asking some families of 19 patients اور and doctors ہسپتال hospitals to reconsider the strategy, arguing that it denies people the right to be with their loved ones at a critical time.

Dr. Lauren Van Sky, Dr. of Pulmonary and Critical Care in Pennsylvania, said: “The risk of getting COVID versus the risk we know these families are going through is psychological and emotional damage.”

Van Sky said many of the family members he interviewed showed signs of post-traumatic stress disorder. In newspaper clippings, doctors have shared conversations with patients who have refused or postponed important treatment due to upcoming restrictions.

And pre-epidemic studies have shown that elderly patients in intensive care units who have limited visits develop deception at a higher rate than those with more flexible units.

Van Schue agrees that it makes sense to limit seizures at the onset of epidemics because safety equipment and COVID-19 tests were in short supply and there was no vaccine. But now, testing and vaccinations have become more widespread, and doctors say screening mechanisms and personal protective equipment can keep the virus at bay.

However, US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention still recommends personal visits to infected patients.

“We do not take lightly the sacrifices we are asking individuals and their loved ones to make. We will not do so unless absolutely necessary,” said the American Hospitals Association for Quality and Patient Safety Policy. Vice President Nancy Foster said.

Anne Marie Pettis, president of the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology, acknowledged that patients benefit from visitors, but said the group discourages them in most cases.

“I don’t know of a place that doesn’t put in a lot of effort because families are incredibly important to the well-being of patients,” Pattis said. “These are heartbreaking decisions to make.”

Jeremy Starr, a 36-year-old electric utility lineman from Jacksonville, is aware of such heartbreak.

Starr, who contracted the virus in the summer, remembers being thirsty, lonely and unable to sleep despite being hospitalized in the ICU for 14 days.

“Not breathing was bad enough, but not seeing your loved ones is the worst,” he said. “It’s as if you’re not human.”

Kirsten Fest, an associate professor of critical care medicine at the University of Calgary who is studying the effects of loneliness on COVID-19 patients, said family members are also caregivers who care about health in ICUs. Can reduce worker pressure.

“Because there is no family, the nurses have to go out of their way to call them. They have to play a new role, even picking up the phone when someone says goodbye.

Inspired by the stories of Starr, Erbilis, and others like them, Darlene Gera of Jacksonville launched an online petition urging Florida Governor Ron de Santis to push for more access. DeSantis was an early supporter. Reopening nursing homes for visitors.Saying that he felt that the ban on them increased the grief of the families.

“It’s heartbreaking for all these families,” Gera said. “We’re going to work, we’re going to church, we’re going to the store, but we can’t go to the hospital and stay with our loved ones.” ? ”

Justin Sr., head of the Florida Safety Net Hospital Alliance, which represents some of the state’s largest medical facilities, said that when formulating rules for visits, hospital COVID transmission levels, vaccination rates and heart rate increased. Keep in mind Lung diseases in the community

Some doctors say. Health networks are concerned about the shortage of nurses. And to avoid putting pressure on already defunct healthcare workers. Others say the process of screening visitors and instructing them to wear safety equipment also takes time from healthcare staff.

“I think this position is coming from a place of fatigue and irritation, rather than better for patients,” Van Sky said.

Some hospitals allow people to see patients with corona virus. The University of Utah Health announced earlier this year that its hospital would allow two adult visitors for full adult stays, provided they stay in the patient’s room and wear personal protective equipment at all times, with no symptoms and either. Vaccinated or recently recovered from COVID-19

Many have made exceptions for coronavirus patients who are dying, who were caring for Erbilis’ mother at Jacksonville Hospital. The family says the rules were contradictory: in a few days, the organizers allowed only one member of the family to come. On others, many visitors were allowed. On the last day, only Erbilis’ father, Mitch Erbilis, was allowed. It was his birthday.

Sitting on the roof of the hospital with his son, the distraught teen picked up his cell phone, called his father and sang “Happy Birthday” when he peeked out the window and saw his mother, unconscious on the ventilator.

Hours later, his mother died alone.

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